Inside Out

by Jake Jacobs
10 March 2011

Jake Jacobs

Two of the most fundamental concepts in backgammon are hitting a blot, and building a prime.

Which is better? If that question had an answer, backgammon would be a boring game, and we'd all be playing something else.

The answer is "it depends," and even the question "depends upon what?" lacks an easy answer.

For instance, consider the following ten positions.

Each is a money game with a centered cube, and Black to play.

Problem 1:

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