Third Roll Problem

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 41?
eXtreme Gammon ID: XGID=-a--a-EBB---dD--ac-e----B-:0:0:1:41:0:0:3:0:10

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Because there are so many choices with Red’s 31 this look like a difficult problem but ,in fact, it is straightforward.

White has a well-timed back game and Red will struggle to change

White’s timing for the 2-3 back game is excellent. Ideally you need to trail by the value of the two back game points. Here that would be 90 pips so White is close to perfection, especially