2010-04-29 Bearing off/Answer

Many will think it is right to take off two checkers and leave the blot, but with White having 8 checkers off and an open ace point, it's right to simply bear off safely and try to win that way.

It's interesting to note that if White has just one more checker off and about the same distribution, it's about a tossup, and if White has 2 more checkers off it would clearly be right to peel two checkers with the 4-2.