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Old 08-07-2020, 10:43 PM   #1
RacerX
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To good to double, but also a take

I was playing a match with GNU-BG and it commented on a particular position as "To good to double". Which is fine and easily understandable. But it also marked it as a "Take". It is not apparent to me how that is possible. And I don't think I have ever seen it before. It must be a pretty rare circumstance.
How can a position be to good to double, but also be a take? Thanks
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:12 AM   #2
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Re: To good to double, but also a take

"Too good" means that you are better off playing on than if the game goes double/pass. Equivalently, it means your "no double" equity is > 1. For money this would always mean the position is a pass, but matches are a different story.

Say you need 2 points to win a match and your opponent needs 4. You have a position where you win 70% of the time, but every time you win it's a gammon. If you play the game out to the end, you win more than 1 point on average so your equity is > 1. But your opponent wins 30% -- more than enough to take at the score.
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Old 08-08-2020, 03:46 AM   #3
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Re: To good to double, but also a take

Thanks. I should have considered the match score affect.
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