• 2018 - Position 96

    XGID=a-A-BCBBa---aB-a-bccABc---:1:-1:1:52:0:0:3:0:10

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

    Red has four fewer checkers off than White so it must be close to a redouble. The fact that White has an open 2-pt is crucial as he will miss several times once he gets his straggler home.

    Re leaves a shot on 61 and 51 but White will only win just over 1 game in 36 by hitting the exposed blot.

    The open 2-pt turns out to be much more important than the chance of the hit.

    It is a double blunder not to redouble in this highly volatile position. White can squeeze out a take but it’s closer than you might think.

    4 Comments

    • 1. Jun 8 2018 9:49PM by Michael

      I counted 6 Vs 7 rolls (assuming white enters immediately) and this leads to a Pass.

      However if you consider that Red blots immediately with 61,51 (4/36)

      and with additional rolls on next exchange if he rolls poorly (e.g if he rolls 31)

      then maybe White can Take.

      I won’t pretend I can do such a complicated evaluation though, my verdict is still for a Pass.

    • 2. Jun 8 2018 11:29PM by Ben

      I don't think this is a redouble...............yet.

    • 3. Jun 9 2018 7:33AM by Peder

      RD/T. Typical slow bear-off with four less of.

    • 4. Jun 10 2018 6:12PM by Leo

      I think the redouble is clear. It's the take that's in question. Red will leave a blot on 61 and 51, and there are some further awkward rolls. White still has some chances to scoot around the board and win. A begrudging take.

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.

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