Dangerous Redoubles

by Douglas Zare
3 February 2011

Douglas Zare

Backgammon match play is tricky since the points do not have the same value. It gets particularly interesting when the doubling cube is on 2 or higher, and those decisions are often very far from decisions in a money session. In this column, we will look at a few chances for the leader to redouble at 3-away 7-away.

If you play 7-point matches, you will encounter 3-away 7-away often, perhaps after a player wins a doubled gammon or redoubled game to start the match. Then the trailer often doubles early while the leader can still take, and then the leader needs to understand when to redouble.

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