I hope you considered hitting with 22/16* and then swiftly rejected it. The last thing Red wants to do here is lose a gammon. Losing a single game is of little consequence because White
Block or Build
Unlimited Games. How should Red play 54?
eXtreme Gammon ID: XGID=---b--E-CA--dDa--c-e-A--A-:0:0:1:54:0:0:3:0:10
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After the forced bar/23* Red has the choice of (a) 23/20; (b) 13/10 (c) 8/5.
The worst place for a single checker in your opponent’s home board is on the 23-pt because its sixes are blocked.