2022 - Position 151
Updated: Sep 15
Unlimited Games. How should Red play 33?
This is not obvious. Many would try bar/22, 13/7*, 6/3*.
However, that exposes four blots when your opponent has a three-point home board to your one and any hit could be fatal. Over the board, bar/22, 14/11, 6/3(2)* was played but that still leaves ones three and fours for White to hit.
Now look at the unusual, bar/22, 13/10(2), 6/3*. This play duplicates threes and makes the very useful 10-pt which could be part of a strong prime, especially as White has four rear checkers.
I didn’t even see this play the first time I looked at this position but in fact any play other than bar/22, 13/10(2), 6/3* is a bad blunder. An excellent quiz question, I hope you would agree.