Second Roll Problem

Money Play. How should Red play 21?
eXtreme Gammon ID: XGID=-a--a-E-C---dEa--c-e----B-:0:0:1:21:0:0:3:0:10

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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

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.