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2024 - Position 24

Updated: Feb 9


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Match Play. 2-2 to 9. How should Red play 55?


It might seem obvious to play 22/17*, 11/1, 6/1 but that play turns out to be very nearly a blunder!

 

Best is 22/17(2)*, 11/1. This is for two reasons:

 

a)     It avoids any disasters when White enters from the bar and hits one of Red’s blots.

b)    More importantly by slotting the ace-point it gives White the opportunity to enter with an ace and then crash his board while trying to escape from the ace-point (which takes on average 5.9 rolls).

 

22/17(2)*, 11/1 wins 4% more games than making the ace-point.

 

This solution is an interesting tactical trick which can used time and again.


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