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Unlimited Games. How should Red play 51?
eXtreme Gammon ID: XGID=----b-E-C--AcD-b-c-e-A--A-:0:0:1:51:0:0:3:0:10

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This is a classic ‘pay me now, pay me later’ problem.

All the conditions for ‘pay me now’ are met. Red’s position is awkward and deteriorating, White’s board is improving, and it will

There are a number of bear-off positions that everybody should know because they recur frequently and learning them is a lot quicker than trying to work things out from first principles