• 2019 - Position 4


    Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    You can view this position as prime versus prime with both players having two trapped checkers behind broken primes.

    Red clearly has the advantage with White on the bar. His small numbers make the 5-pt and large numbers escape a checker.

    It is a powerful double but White has plenty of ways to win and has all his checkers in play.

    With pleasing symmetry it is a 2.5 blunder not to double and a 2.5 blunder to drop.


    • 1. Jan 7 2019 12:44PM by Leo

      Double/Take. Red has plenty of blitzing potential and gammons to go with it. However, I think white can take as red's 5 pt is open and he has two checkers completely cut off that he still has to bring around. Plus the fact that white's home board is currently as stong as red's, if not a little stronger.

    • 2. Jan 7 2019 8:14PM by Peder

      I agree with Leo, D/T. Fives and sixes are somewhat duplicated; good for attack and good for escape.

Photo crop (passport)

Web feed

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 by clicking on the word 'comment' beneath the problem..

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

You are viewing the text version of this site.

To view the full version please install the Adobe Flash Player and ensure your web browser has JavaScript enabled.

Need help? check the requirements page.

Get Flash Player