Keeping Backgammon Pieces in Play

by Steve Sax
20 October 2009

Steve Sax

Oftentimes when I play in chouettes or observe my opponents in tournament matches, I see them making mistakes by putting pieces out of play. I'm not always right about my assessment but I cringe when I see a wake of dead checkers strewn along the battlefield that is a backgammon board.

There are several factors that come to mind when making a checker move with respect to keeping pieces in play. Some of these factors are (relative boardage, do either you or your opponent have an anchor in your opponent's board and match score considerations).

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