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2022 - Position 168

Updated: Oct 12



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Match Play. Red leads 4-0 to 7. How should Red play 55?


It is just so easy not to think and mindlessly move 15/5, 10/5(2). I did.


That play is safe but leaves Red with much work to do to clear his outside points.


Now look at 15/5, 13/8(2). At the cost of a duplicated 3 Red solves most of his problems. If White misses the shot Red doesn’t quite have a double (he would have in a money game) but he is very close and it piles the pressure on White.


A salutary lesson. Whenever you roll a double, take your time. There may be more options than you think.


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