Prime vs. Prime Cube Action, Part 1: Basic Reference Positions

by Matt Cohn-Geier
6 October 2010

Matt Cohn-Geier

The most complex positions in backgammon are prime vs. prime. Typically, one player has a clear advantage, however, how much of one is difficult to quantify. Sometimes it involves winning many gammons even though the game might be close to a toss up. A small change to a position can make an enormous difference. Even the best players struggle to understand these positions and frequently make huge mistakes. I'm going to try to tackle some of these problems and look at the various factors that go into cube action.

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