“Three Great Games”
Rollout of Game 1, Position 9a
From Backgammon: the Cruelest Game, by Barclay Cooke and Jon Bradshaw

Black to play 2-1.

Black hits white’s blot on the 12 point with a man from white’s 12 point and continues on to his own 10 point. A questionable play. It might have been better if black had split off his own 6 point; there’s no need to take any risks at this particular stage of the game. This is perhaps the only error by either player in the game, and it is a minor one. Still, unless white gets the “miracle roll” of double 5’s, it is doubtful that he would break his anchor to hit black were his next roll, say, 5-1 or 5-2.

13/12*/10  *
13/12*, 6/4 x
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Black rolls 2-1

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2-1: Game BG   Equity
1 13/12*, 6/4 W
+0.1889 x 
2 13/12*/10 W
+0.1369 (0.0520)  *

Three Great Games,” Backgammon: the Cruelest Game

Backgammon: the Cruelest Game (1974), by Barclay Cooke and Jon Bradshaw

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