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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2022 - Position 77

Updated: Apr 28, 2022


Match Play. Red leads 3-2 to 11. How should Red play 41?

I don’t think this problem is particularly easy.

Red’s position runs the danger of crashing and he doesn’t have the timing for a back game.

Over the board 24/23, 5/1* was tried but that was too ambitious. Red should play this as 5-pt holding game and after 24/20, preparing to run that checker the only sensible ace is 6/5. If he can then run one of the checkers on White’s 5-pt his position will be fine. After 24/23, 5/1* his fours could cause him severe problems. That play is a double blunder while 6/1* is merely a single blunder. The hit does nothing as Red doesn’t have the ammunition for an attack.

Ugly as it looks 24/20, 6/5 is the correct play.

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