Celebrating 17 years in backgammon games

You Can't Always Believe the Backgammon Bots

by Phil Simborg
14 December 2007

Phil Simborg

A lot of people say that backgammon is now fully in the computer age. They say that thanks to the perfections of Snowie, Jellyfish, and GNUBG, there no longer is any mystery or debate about what is right: we simply have to ask the bots and they will tell us.

I think these people are right - but they are only right about 97 percent of the time. I believe there are still many plays and situations that the bots simply do not fully understand.

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Celebrating 17 years in backgammon games