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4-1 Play/Answer-Rockwell Analysis

Red is losing this prime vs prime game.  After making the four point with 41, he has worse timing, terrible distribution of spares and slightly inferior points.  Only a handful of numbers allow him to improve next turn.
If the four point is slotted and missed, the forward position becomes much stronger immediately.  While you don't want to be hit, it isn't a disaster.  There are good chances of making a defensive advanced anchor.  Note that with only nine checkers in the zone, Blue can't make a five point prime next turn without a large set.  8-4, 6-5
It is interesting that slotting the deuce is better than making the four point.