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Old 04-01-2018, 05:31 PM   #1
deh
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4-3 to play, 3 variants


Variant A:

White - Pips 138 (-25)

Black - Pips 163 (+25)
Black to Play 4-3
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Variant B:

White - Pips 138 (-34)

Black - Pips 172 (+34)
Black to Play 4-3
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Variant C:

White - Pips 138 (-44)

Black - Pips 182 (+44)
Black to Play 4-3
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What are your plays in A, B, C ? Why?


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Old 04-01-2018, 10:01 PM   #2
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Re: 4-3 to play, 3 variants

All 3 positions the safe versus bold criteria all lean toward bold. We have more men back, his board is weaker, we have an anchor and we are losing the race in all 3 variants.

Another question I ask myself is how am I going to win: priming, racing, or hitting? We cannot win a race and we are not in position to prime a single checker in, so that leaves hitting as our game play.

As such, I think you have to hit 6/3* in all 3 positions, leaving Bar/20 for the 4.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:14 PM   #3
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Re: 4-3 to play, 3 variants

Hitting with Bar/21 and 6/3* seems very clear in each case. The hit stops White from making his 5-point, which is the only plan Black has right here. I'm not seeing a 'Play B' in any case.

It's also not clear how White ever reached a doubling position.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:39 AM   #4
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Re: 4-3 to play, 3 variants

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All 3 positions the safe versus bold criteria all lean toward bold. We have more men back, his board is weaker, we have an anchor and we are losing the race in all 3 variants.

Another question I ask myself is how am I going to win: priming, racing, or hitting? We cannot win a race and we are not in position to prime a single checker in, so that leaves hitting as our game play.

As such, I think you have to hit 6/3* in all 3 positions, leaving Bar/20 for the 4.
I meant Bar/21 for the 4. I'm hoping that was clear in spite of the mistype.
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