Backgammon Bar Point Slotting Problems

by Walter Trice
15 May 2009

Walter Trice

Last month's column presented some checker play problems in which the main question was whether to slot the 18 point or the 7 point with a roll containing a six. In the 1970's, influenced by writers like Bruce Becker and Barclay Cooke, players tended to err more often by incorrectly slotting their own bar with 13/7. Today the more common error is to miss the positions in which a 13/7 slot is, in fact, preferable. The old school told us, especially in the opening, to "forget the race and play for position". This happens to be very good advice – sometimes! My revised version: "If you are losing the race, forget the race and play for position – even in the opening."

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