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2024 - Position 102

Updated: Jun 25


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Match Play. Red trails 7-8 (Crawford). How should Red play 21?


This one is deceptive, and most students get it wrong. Any play that doesn’t hit on the 12-pt is a triple blunder and clearly 14/13, 14/12* is best although 14/12*, 2/1 is not far behind.

 

Hitting wins more games and vastly increases Red’s gammon (and match) winning chances. The blot on Red’s ace-point is largely an illusion. White will have four checkers trapped behind a four-point prime and will need to roll incredibly well to escape them all.

Even if the scores were reversed hitting would still be correct.

 

A highly instructive position.

 

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