26 September 2012
This is the last month you'll have to struggle through my match equity calculations and standard backgammon game reference positions and comparisons from normal match scores to special scores. So hang on as we take a look at 5 away 3 away.
After getting to know the game of backgammon a lot of things have fallen into the common sense category for me. For example, before we go into specifics, what can you tell me about this score in general? I hope something like '5a should probably cube earlier than usual, esp. in gammonish positions, because he is sending over a semi dead cube, cutting his opponent's gammon value down, and raising his own gammon value' came to mind. You may not yet know the exact gammon value for the 5 away player on a 2 cube but you know it's elevated. I find thinking about scores even in general terms like this and inexactitudes helps me to focus on what my goal is during the game. Still, I have to wade you through the details now...
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Glad to see you continuing this series! Are you going to do an article on post-Crawford scores?
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