Position 66a, page 110
From Backgammon, the Cruelest Game, by Barclay Cooke and Jon Bradshaw

White to play 5-1.

Given the fact that the doubler is on white’s side, the correct play here is to move from black’s 3 point to his 8 point, hitting his blot, and to move the man from white’s bar point to his 6 point. This play thwarts the potential miracle rolls of 1-6 and 5-2 by black. For regardless of whether or not black comes in, white is ready to redouble on almost all return rolls by black, and does not need to take any risks. To save the 1 is not cowardly; it is using the doubler to win the game. You would make this play if the doubler was in the middle or on your side.

22/17*, 7/6  *
22/17*, 8/7 x
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