Initiative in Backgammon

by Douglas Zare
1 April 2008

Douglas Zare

When you present a cube decision, you usually don't have to state who is on roll. Usually, one side has assets such as a prime or a racing lead. The other side may have weaknesses such as checkers on the bar, or vulnerable blots. However, sometimes it is not clear who is on roll. The main advantage that makes a double worth considering may be the initiative, the value of being on roll. In this column, we will quantify the value of the initiative.

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