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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2022 - Position 203

Updated: Dec 13, 2022


Match Play. 0-0 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

This is very deceptive position. The double from Red is clear and obvious and looks very threatening.

At first sight this looks like a pass for White, but the race is level, White has a stronger home board than Red and Red is not guaranteed to make the five-point prime. If Red does make the prime then White can launch an attack against Red’s rear checkers – Red cannot do everything in one roll.

All this adds up to a trivially easy take for White and dropping is a huge blunder. A very instructive position.

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