by Walter Trice
15 October 2007
Last month's holding game cube action problems showed how important it is in backgammon to be able to evaluate racing chances, even in positions that still have a significant degree of contact.
Most players can do pretty well in 'normal' positions with no buried checkers and low wastage, just by considering the pip count.
But one often sees positions that have crunched even before contact is broken, or that have various gaps and positional defects, and these are not so easy.
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