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2022 - Position 160

Updated: Sep 29





XGID=-aBaBBBBA--------bbcACdb--:1:-1:1:41:1:4:0:7:10


Over the board I got this badly wrong by playing 8/3*.


It turns out that keeping the bar-point is more important than anything else as it keeps the White checker on Red’s ace point behind a strong broken prime.


The correct play is 20/16, 8/7. If White doesn’t roll a five or a six next turn his position could well be significantly compromised.


8/3* wins more gammons but not nearly enough to compensate for losing more games and, crucially, losing a lot more gammons.


21/20, 8/4 is also clearly wrong because now it is Red who might crash with small numbers.


I found this position highly instructive.


Match Play. Red trails 1-4 to 7. How should Red play 41?



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