by Douglas Zare
1 July 2010
What good does studying a single backgammon position do? Except for a few positions in the opening or endgame, or in a proposition, you are unlikely to hit that exact position again. To make the study of a backgammon position useful, one approach is to consider several small changes to the position. If you understand all of these changes, this helps you to understand many positions. It is likely that you will encounter a position related to one you have studied by a few small changes.
In this column, we'll go through an example of this technique. We will look at a single take/pass decision from the late game, and a few small changes. It is also useful to consider variations on a checker play decision.
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