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2022 - Position 191

Updated: Nov 25, 2022


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Match Play 0-0 to 5. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?


This is a very deceptive position. With 12 checkers in the attack zone and White without an anchor it looks like a big double and a pass.


However, and perhaps surprisingly, the two Red checkers on the 23-pt turn this into a comfortable take for White who wins nearly 40% of the time. White’s checkers are all in play and build a useful prime against those rear Red checkers. The normal PRaT doesn’t quite work for this position and I for one, got this wrong over the board. It is understanding how out of play those rear Red checkers are that makes the difference.


I certainly learnt something from this position.



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Andrew Thomas
24 nov 2022

Incidentally, sorry to hark back to the #186 problem, but I'm surprised to see my 13/8 play didn't even get a mention. It makes a builder for the 2 point without creating more blots, and starts to clear the outer board.

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Chris Bray
25 nov 2022
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13/8 is OK but still technically an error. 15/14, 10/6 maximises coverage of the 2-pt which is the priority in this position.

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