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2023 - Position 19

Updated: Jan 31, 2023


XGID=-aBABBD--A--bA----bcb-daB-:1:1:1:00:2:2:0:11:10


Match Play. Red trails 2-4 to 11. The cube is on 16. How should Red play 21?


I had this position against Andrew Selby in a UKBGF match. I played 24/23* and slotted my 6-pt because I knew I would need that point to win the game.


The backgammon Gods were with me and although Andrew came in once I promptly hit his blot and after that he stayed on the bar forever and I won the race.


It was only when I put the match through XG that I discovered my blunder. Red must play 24/23*, 3/1 to make White’s 31 and 32 horror rolls for him.


It is technique that you would do well to remember.




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