Strategy--Bearing Off

 Greedy bearoff exception

 From: Stick Address: checkmugged@yahoo.com Date: 31 January 2011 Subject: Autopilot Reminder Forum: BGonline.org Forums

```Nothing exciting here but OtB I'd bet at least 99% of the players would
miss this.

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|                       |   |     O           O   O |  OO
|                       |   |                 O     |  OO
|                       |   |                 O     |  OO
|                       |   |                       |  OO
|                       |   |                       |  OO
|                       |   |                       |
|                       |   |                       |  X
|                       |   |                       |  X
|                       |   |                 X     |  XX
|                       |   |             X   X     |  XX
|                       |   |         X   X   X   X |  XX
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

X rolls 4-2.
```

 happyjuggler0  writes: ```Unless O rolls something like 2-1 followed by 3-1, then X will need doubles to win the game. ```

 Michael Petch  writes: ```Yep, I make this error playing too fast. More efficient bear off with doubles if you bear one off and stack the 2 point. ```

 Stein Kulseth  writes: ```4/2, 3/off makes 2-2 work next roll. Nice position. ```

 Rich Munitz  writes: ```To be honest I hadn't even thought it possible that it could ever be right to not bear off two checkers with non-doubles, unless filling a gap from a stack. And it is even more surprising that it could be right to do so while wasting a pip. What's different here is that sacrificing one checker (and one pip) now when we are now odd, creates the possibility of taking two more checkers off next roll. A rare aligning of the planets here. ```

### Strategy--Bearing Off

Greedy bearoff exception  (Stick+, Jan 2011)
Playing for gammon  (Max Levenstein+, Aug 2011)
Rules of thumb  (Rich Munitz+, Oct 2009)
Wastage  (David Montgomery, Apr 1996)
Wastage--Positions that minimize  (Stig Eide, Apr 1996)
Which gaps to fill  (Kit Woolsey, Mar 1996)
Winning the bearoff race  (Dave Flaks+, Jan 2001)