2020 - Position 45
Updated: Mar 13
Match Play. Red trails 0-3 to 7. How should Red play 61?
White’s blot on his 3-pt allows Red some freedom to play so the simple 20/13 is not the best play.
However, leaving the blot on the 20-pt invites White to attack it.
The best play turns out to be a sort of halfway house play, 20/14, 5/4, Creating a new builder for Red’s outer board points. White cannot both hit the blot and cover and so it is relatively safe.
This is the sort of play we routinely missed before the bots arrived.
Once you see the play and the ideas behind it things become clearer but even so, you will still miss a lot of plays like this one over the board.