• 2019 - Position 99


    Money Play. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    This is effectively a last roll problem. If Red hits he will nearly certainly win (and with a small percentage of gammons). If he misses then he will nearly certainly lose (bar a freak hit or a couple of large doubles).

    Twenty rolls hit and sixteen miss. Ergo, Red must redouble now to maximise his equity. A trivial take for White of course. White will win with redouble to 8 unless Red has rolled 55 or 66.


    • 1. Jun 3 2019 5:12PM by Peder

      No redouble/take. I think Red will win more games keeping the cube.

    • 2. Jun 3 2019 10:44PM by Ben

      What interests me about this position is this: Red MUST hit to win. Down 26 pips, even double 5's or 6's won't make him the favorite.

      NRE/ T.

    • 3. Jun 4 2019 6:20AM by Leo

      Redouble/take. This is highly volatile. Red has 20 shots that hit and pretty much win. He is a favourite to do so, therefore he must double. On any miss, white has a redouble, and I don't see any way that red can take - Therefore, RD/T.

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