by Walter Trice
15 April 2009
Occasionally someone will ask me how backgammon has changed during the decades that I have been playing the game. Since it would be impossible to really answer that question without writing a book or two, I will usually give a half-joking response. One of them is: "Twenty years ago we usually played our sixes 13/7, but now we mostly play 24/18."
The swing from 13/7 plays to 24/18 plays is indeed noticeable, whether you personally recall what went on in games in the 80's or have gathered an impression from books written in that era and earlier. Problem 1 is an example of late-80s thinking on this kind of decision. It comes from Roy Friedman's book World Class Backgammon, Move by Move, which was published in 1989.
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