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2024 - Position 105

Updated: Jun 28


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Match Play. Red leads 5-1 to 13. How should Red play 53?


Over the board 8/3*, 6/3 was played but threes don’t grow on trees and so Red’s priority should have been to get one of his rear checkers moving.

 

The real choice is between 24/21, 6/1* and 24/21/16.

 

The hitting play gives Red’s other blots some protection and is the correct play by quite some way. Both the pointing and the running plays are bad errors. 24/21, 6/1* also gives Red the possibility of making White’s 4-pt.

 

This was a question of priorities which Red, sadly, got wrong.


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