Celebrating 15 years in backgammon games

23 Skidoo Backgammon Quiz

by Jake Jacobs
12 March 2013


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Subject: Re: 23 Skidoo Backgammon Quiz
Date: 17 Mar 2013 14:09 EST

I played with some of these positions in XG. In problem 1, XGR+ version 1 prefers 13/10 6/4*. How far back is that play in your rollout? In problem 4, I found that if we weaken White's board, for example taking two checkers from her 3pt and putting one each on her 4pt and 5pt, then 13/8 floats to the top.

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Subject: Re: 23 Skidoo Backgammon Quiz
From: *Stick*
Date: 17 Mar 2013 18:56 EST

As for #1 Jake is on crack. XG2 prefers on all major levels the play you mentioned, 10, 4*. A rollout confirms that it is the best play.

As for #4 of course if you leave the inner board blotted paying now would become correct the same as if you made it only a 2pt board spanning a 4 prime from the 8pt to the 5pt it would be right to pay now. As the problem is presented though we can almost always leave those indirects later at the same cost if needed while we buy time for our opponent to perhaps slot the next point in line or we roll something better. Classic pay now/pay later problem.

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