by Walter Trice
15 May 2009
Last month's column presented some checker play problems in which the main question was whether to slot the 18 point or the 7 point with a roll containing a six. In the 1970's, influenced by writers like Bruce Becker and Barclay Cooke, players tended to err more often by incorrectly slotting their own bar with 13/7. Today the more common error is to miss the positions in which a 13/7 slot is, in fact, preferable. The old school told us, especially in the opening, to "forget the race and play for position". This happens to be very good advice – sometimes! My revised version: "If you are losing the race, forget the race and play for position – even in the opening."
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