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2023 - Position 193

Updated: Nov 29, 2023


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Match Play. Red trails 5-6 (Crawford).  How should Red play 54?


Red is behind in the race and he needs all his checkers to work for him as the cube is out of use. 8/4, 6/1 is safe but leaves a truly horrible structure with little hope of improvement.

 

11/2* leaving two blots is too bold especially when one of the checkers is vulnerable to sixes which White cannot use to enter from the bar.

 

The only sensible play is 8/4, 8/3. White’s ones are partially duplicated but the key is to keep all the checkers active. In a war all the soldiers need to be active on the field of battle.


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