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Feature Columnists: Ash Dalvi - Backgammon Made Easy

Prime vs Blitz: 1 Checker Removed Behind a 5 Prime

17 Jul 2012 - by Ash Dalvi

In my final article on Prime vs Blitz, I look at situations when white has one backgammon checker behind (but not at the edge) of his opponent's 5 prime and black has a 1 or 2 checkers on the bar.

 

Rating:  4.17
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Prime vs Blitz: 2 Checkers Behind a 5 Prime

20 Jun 2012 - by Ash Dalvi

In my penultimate article on Prime vs Blitz, I look at situations when you have 2 checkers behind your opponent's 5 prime and he has 1 or 2 backgammon checkers on the bar.

Rating:  5.00

Prime vs Blitz: 1 Checker Behind a 5 Prime

22 May 2012 - by Ash Dalvi

When you have 1 checker behind your opponent's 5 prime and he has a checker on the bar, there are several additional features of the position that contribute to making the correct backgammon cube decisions.

Rating:  4.88

Prime vs Blitz: 2 Checkers Behind a 4 Prime

16 Feb 2012 - by Ash Dalvi

Positions where the doubler has 2 checkers behind a 4 prime and the taker has a man on the bar occur quite frequently. In this article, I will show some basic backgammon reference positions and a method of calculating variations of these.

Rating:  5.00

Prime vs Blitz: 1 Checker Behind a 4 Prime

20 Dec 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

When you have a back checker behind a prime and your opponent has a checker on the bar, there are several ways in which you can win the game. Blitzing, priming and escaping your back checker are all possible game plans.

Rating:  4.80

A Match Equity Table Dodge (Part 2)

16 Nov 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

In this article, the 4 cube in a 5 pt match for last take positions will be included into the system. As mentioned in Part 1, this method is fast. It is also user-friendly when you get used to it.

Rating:  4.80

A Match Equity Table Dodge (Part 1)

15 Oct 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

Calculating Last Take positions using match equity tables requires a good memory and a well above average ability to do mental arithmetic. Here is a method that will enable you to find the correct cube action for Last Takes in a 5 pt match in seconds, without using match equity tables.

Rating:  3.50

Hit in the Outfield or Cover a Board Blot (Part 2)

15 Sep 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

The factors that contribute to making the correct play when you have a choice between hitting in the outfield (putting a second checker on the bar) or covering a board blot will be examined when the attacker has 2 checkers back.

Rating:  4.63

Hit in the Outfield or Cover a Board Blot (Part 1)

18 Aug 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

When you have hit loose and your opponent stays on the bar, you can sometimes be fortunate enough to have a choice between hitting a second blot in your opponent's outfield and covering your own board blot.

Rating:  5.00

The Ash Dalvi 5/5 Blitz Count (Part 2)

15 Jul 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

In my final article on blitz positions, I will examine how various changes on the blitzee's side of the board in the 5/5 blitz position influence the 5/5 blitz count.

Rating:  4.80

The Ash Dalvi 5/5 Blitz Count (Part 1)

16 Jun 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

In this article, I look at 5/5 positions in situations where the blitzee has one checker on the bar and a blot on the potential blitzer's side of the board.

Rating:  4.92

The Ash Dalvi 3/3 Blitz Count (Part 2)

15 May 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

Some positions in backgammon justify more analysis than others. The types of positions I am talking about are complex positions that occur frequently. The 3/3 blitz position is one such position.

Rating:  4.86

The Ash Dalvi 3/3 Blitz Count (Part 1)

15 Apr 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

We've all seen it happen. You open with 5/4 and play 24/20 13/8; your opponent rolls 3/3, points on you on his 5pt and makes his 3 pt. Then, the following roll, you dance.

Rating:  4.40

The Ash Dalvi 13 Count (Part 1)

29 Mar 2011 - by Ash Dalvi

I am not good at mental arithmetic. So, I have tried to devise something easier. I noticed that in almost every pip count, I would be multiplying by 13 at some stage due to checkers on the mid point. This gave me an idea. I'm calling it "The Ash Dalvi 13 Count".

Rating:  3.87
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