After Closing Out The Last Checker, Part 1

by Douglas Zare
2 September 2010

Douglas Zare

One backgammon milestone I have yet to accomplish is winning in real play after closing out my opponent's 15th checker. I have practiced for this possibility, but my style of play does not lead to as many backgames and desperate ace point games which lead to hitting the last checker.

Walter Trice assured me that it is possible, and that he often won after hitting the last checker. One reason is that he played many 1-point matches such as in the Nackgammon tournaments on GameGrid. When the game can't be ended by a cube, and there is no penalty for being backgammoned, it is natural to hit the 15th checker more often. There is often a lot of equity at stake at Double Match Point, and I hope my first win after hitting the 15th checker will be in the finals of a tournament.

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