Chris Bray Final logo

Welcome to my blog of interesting backgammon positions.


These will be posted more or less daily and also tweeted. As I add a new position I will give a  commentary for the previous one.


Follow me


Please leave your comments.


Readers are invited to send in their own positions for possible inclusion in Position of the Day to Chris.

2019 - Position 219

By Chris Bray, Dec 2 2019 03:03PM


Match Play. Red leads 5-4 to 7. How should Red play 42?

Kill or be killed? That is the question. Bar/21, 5/3 is the passive play but bar/21, 6/4* is the right play.

It swaps 22% gammon losses for 13% extra wins so despite the score and the fact that a gammon for White wins him the match it is still the right play. The passive play is an error but not a blunder.

Dec 2 2019 04:52PM by Peder

B/21, 6/4*. It's clearly the best move to win the game. When it backfires, it will cost many gammons, but it's more fun to play to win.

Dec 4 2019 01:35PM by Andy

Hello everybody. At last I can take part!

QF says 6/4* but as a gammon loses the match perhaps discretion with 5/3 is advisable on this occasion, while preserving the 5 point board to contain a potential future hit. There's still a lot to do even after 6/4*-dance.

Add a comment
* Required
RSS Feed

Web feed

Position of the Day header thin