2021 - Position 10
Updated: Jan 18
Money Play. How should Red play 32?
The choice is here is between the aggressive 13/10, 3/1* and the safe 10/, 6/3. 10/7, 9/7 leaves too many shots and is too passive.
Because of White’s home board, at the first sight the safe play looks correct but it leaves Red with a very weak structure which will be difficult to bring home without leaving later shots.
13/10, 3/1* makes use of the dilly builder on Red’s 3-pt and also increases the Red’s gammon chances.
In fact, 13/10, 3/1* wins both more games and more gammons. 10/8, 6/3 is not an error but the hit is better.
An instructive problem. To a certain extent it is a pay-me-now vs pay-me-later problem which might not be obvious initially.