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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2024 - Position 23

Updated: Feb 8



Match Play. Red leads 4-3 to 9. How should Red play 11?

The first ace must be played 22/21* because Red must escape his last rear checker.


The priority then is to prevent White from making a second anchor. A play such as 22/21*, 7/6, 5/4 is a reasonable try but the best move, by a narrow margin, is 22/21*, 7/6, 2/1(2). Red kills a checker but he has fourteen checkers in the zone and so he can afford to kill one in order to minimise the chances of White ever making a second anchor. All the other plays are close but 22/21*, 7/6, 2/1(2) wins by a short head.

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