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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2024 - Position 20

Updated: Feb 5




Match Play. Red trails 2-5 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

For money this would be a truly terrible double and nearly a beaver.


However, after Red’s double the cube will be dead, and White’s gammons are meaningless.


A doubled gammon gets Red to Crawford. How often will Red win a gammon? About 17% of the time. That is just enough to warrant a double. White’s take is trivial. Dropping would be a quintuple blunder!


This is quite a fun position to think through.

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