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Unlimited Games. How should Red play 54?
eXtreme Gammon ID: XGID=-a---BD-B-aA-D---cddb-B---:0:0:1:54:0:0:3:0:10

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This problem comes from a training session with one of my students. He had this position in a match and wanted my opinion on it. Even with the Quiz Factor I couldn’t see beyond 6/3, 4/3

White’s structure and overall position is far too threatening to make a passive move here such as 13/11, 8/4 or 8/4, 6/4. Blue needs to make a tempo play here and therefore the four must