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Updated: Mar 20


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Match Play. Double Match Point. How should Red play 32?


There are two completely different approaches to this problem. You can play to escape both checkers or play to prime White’s rear checker before sorting out the rear checker.


A very difficult decision, particularly over the board. On an initial valuation XG much prefers 23/21, 23/20 but on rollout that play is tied with 13/11, 6/3. Note that 13/10, 7/5 is not aggressive enough. The prime must be built and built quickly.


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