by Michael Strato
21 March 2006
two men from 13 for 1 five to 1. 4to 2for 2 21 to 13
13-7/23-20 5-3/2off/2off/2off 13-5
1) 23-20 13-7 2)5/3. 2off(3) 3)21/13
1.) 13-10 8-2, put two on the bar? 2.) 5/3* 3/1 4/2(2) If I understand the stuff on stack-and- straggler positions in Walter Trice's Backgammon Boot Camp (which I may well not) you should be a strong favorite after that. If I'm totally wrong, please correct. :) 3.) 13/5 Have to make the 5 point. White has a four-point board.
1) It has to be wrong not to hit somewhere. The double hit 13/10* 8/2* is strong but not strategic enough. 13/10* 13/7 hits and prepares for a plan of filling our homeboard to trap white. I think 13/10* 13/7 is the plan.
2) Play it safe with 5/3*/1 4/2 4/2. After this we are ahead in the race and a big favorite to win.
3) The five point is the five point....so we need to make it. 13/5.
if you make the5pt,itsnot going tobe easy to bringthe3backmen,but if you establish the13thpt you dont rea
lly care being hit with a 1 (pb2)
1) Even though 13/7, 22/20 looks nice its not so strong we can pass up the hit for it - its a lot easier to win against 2 checkers back than one. Hitting 2 breaks our prime and white's forward position is almost as good as ours. Unless we blitz which is against the odds we'll end up with a weaker position. 13/7 with the six seems best. The other play I considered was 13/10*/4 which keeps the strategic mid point and starts a good point but leaves 18 returns plus loose hits with 5s - probably too much of a risk. 13/10*, 13/7.
2) I take 3 off. White will be off in 4 rolls (or reach recube) a lot more often than 13/36. 5/3*, 2-off(3)
3)While the 5 point seems obvious the 21 - midpoint combination keeps us in the game a long time even if hit, while making the 5 gives up the outfield to white and we're reduced to hitting a fly shot or rolling big doubles. we should use the stacks on the 8 and 6 points to cover the 5 when there's a good alternative. 21/13.
I'm shocked,I got it right! For #1--> not hitting on 10pt. and playing 23/20 tempts my opp to make the 20-th point (apart from losing tempo of not hitting on pt.10!)If my opp has a 5 pt. board-now it's a 4 brocken,it's MUCH more valuable to him/her than My 5-th point prime-I have to avid this.My plan would be-hit, bring checkers to bear and make your 5-prime,I'll have time to extricate my men later. Fot #2-->I HAVE just the time to play safe!After being hit, my opp has 3 times*8 point (theoretically less than 8 pts on an average-7 1/2??) to pick a man,which will leave him with 3 men.Meanwhile I would have picked 4 men-no misses, and be favorite to win.Leaving a blot on pt.3 and taking off 3 men of pt. 2 would leave 13/36 chance to be hit immediately plus another 5 (44,11,22,41) in the next trow and being hit- here is NOT what we want.
NOW, for #3:Making the 13 point leaves me in an inflexible position, and besides i need my 5 point badly! My 3-d man on pt. 4 IS my flexibility,I should be poised to attack the 4 point,should my opp venture to leve the anchor.So- 13/5.
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