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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2022 - Position 69

Updated: Apr 14, 2022


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

Red is in trouble here and whatever he plays White will double. Can he find a move that lets him take the double?

The answer is yes but it is close. After bar/24, 6/2 Red has a checker out of play, and it is difficult for him to improve his position. He can take or drop the impending double and have the same equity. Bar/24, 11/7 is the same, Red can take or drop, but much better is bar/24, 13/9 which develops his mid-point stack and threatens to make the valuable 9-pt. That move gives Red a comfortable take.

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