2020 - Position 63
Updated: Apr 9
Money Play. How should Red play 21?
24/22, 23/22 looks tidy but doesn’t address the needs of the position as it gives White a free hand.
Behind in the race Red needs to be more active which is why 8/7, 6/4 is only the second-best play.
Correct is the active 7/5, 6/5, considerably strengthening Red’s board and putting pressure on White to resolve the problem of his rear checker while keeping Red’s rear checkers out of harm’s way.
This is not an easy problem because making the 22-pt looks ‘obvious’ but once you look more deeply, then making the 5-pt becomes clear. Well done if you found that play, something I failed to do over the board!