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2021 - Position 88

Updated: May 14


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Unlimited Games. How should Red play 54?


A position that twenty years ago nearly everybody would have got wrong. Many would have chosen 11/6, 10/6 which is a blunder as it does nothing to improve Red’s position.


White has an advanced anchor and so Red must start to activate his back checkers. The choice is between 24/20, 11/6 and the very bold 24/15. The latter play looks risky but unless White hist twice Red will get a lot of return shots after a White hit.


Rollouts show that 24/15 is the best move, although the more prosaic 24/20, 11/6 is a close second.



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