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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.


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By Chris Bray, Dec 6 2019 04:27PM

Unfortunately the website migration has not gone as well as expected and some of you may be having trouble viewing the site on iPads. One of the prime objectives of the update was to remove the dependency on Adobe Flash, which will be phased out next year. That did not work out as planned and so I have taken the decision to port the whole website to a new platform using state-of-the-art technology.

This will happen some time in the next three to four weeks and I may have to close the site down for up to seven days but that is a small price to pay if the end result achieves what I want.

I will keep you posted on progress.

By Chris Bray, Dec 6 2019 04:21PM

While in Cyprus I was chatting to Michy about old backgammon videos and remarked that I had one covering the 1985 World Championships in Monte Carlo. He said he would like to see it. I have now managed to find it - it was originally made and screened by Channel 4 in the UK - and this morning I have loaded it to YouTube. It features very young looking backgammon giants: Magriel, Robertie, Goulding and Svobodny as well as famous MC, Lewis Deyong. Hope you enjoy it!

By Chris Bray, Dec 5 2019 09:44AM

Apologies if you have had trouble accessing the site over the last 48 hours while the technology refresh was ongoing. Hopefully we are now up and running.

By Chris Bray, Dec 4 2019 04:00PM


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

A classic prime-vs-prime situation as and as we know, (nearly) all prime-vs-prime positions are doubles and takes. Red only wins 60% of the time but two-thirds of those wins are gammons and Red must double to activate gammons.

Not doubling is. 4.5 level blunder (-0.36 in terms of equity) while dropping is merely a 2.5 level blunder (-0.20).

As I said, all prime-versus-prime positions are doubles and takes!

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