Not a reference to the players, but the venue for the weekly St Albans tournament and warm-up chouette: the Rats Castle pub. Thanks to Anna Clarke for this simple but deceptive position from last Tuesday.
Whichever side of the board you’re sitting, it’s easy to see the bad things which could happen to you:
Blue (Box): “Why double when Black may escape immediately, perhaps picking up both of my other blots along the way? I will look like a real chump if I lose a gammon after cubing and then staying out for the rest of the game.”
Black (Captain): “I’ve already buried three checkers and have no play left. Why take when I must roll an immediate six or my board will crash, and even then I will need another six in pretty short order?”
You are on your own in the box, and on roll, playing the blue checkers. What would you do? Comments below….