by Douglas Zare
3 August 2010
Backgammon positions which are known to be close take/pass decisions are commonly studied. Knowing which positions are on the boundary can help you to make the right decision. However, if you only study the borderline decisions, then you are missing part of the picture. In practice, the very close decisions are the ones you can't get wrong by much. If you flip a coin every time you are faced with a close decision, you will not give up much equity. In addition, the borderline decisions do not tell you how much an improvement is worth, and that level of understanding is useful in match play.
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