• 2019 - Position 12

    XGID=-BBBBAC-A---b--b---bbbbBc-:1:-1:1:64:3:4:0:5:10

    Match Play. Red trails 3-4 to 7. How should Red play 64?

    This is not the time for a weak play. 8/2, 5/1 give White total control of the outer boards.

    Backgammon is a game of risk and reward and here Red must take some risk to reap a potentially high reward. The correct play is 23/13 which wins 4% more games. Given this is effectively Double Match Point that is the only thing that matters.

    It is rarely right to pass up the chance of a perfect home board and here Red should still strive to make his 5-pt as it may well become relevant in an exchange of hits.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Jan 18 2019 6:51AM by Ben

      23/12 looks right to me.

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