2022 - Position 160
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
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?