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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2023 - Position 149

Updated: Sep 14, 2023


Unlimited Games. Should Blue double? If doubled, should White take?

I got this one wrong. Clearly this is a massive double for Blue in a very volatile position.

I thought it was a pass, but XG has it as a comfortable take. All of White’s checkers are in play and if he can make his 9-pt he will have a good block. If the outside blot is hit White may anchor. If hit he may hit back and then his three-point home board will come into play.

I didn’t think these possibilities would compensate for the gammons losses but apparently that is the case. Blue wins a gammon more than half the time but White wins more than a third of the games.

There are times when it is hard to agree with XG and for me this was one of them. However, it is far cleverer than I am so double/take it is. I also learnt a lot by rolling out this position a few times which is a great way to learn. Give it a try.

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