by Ash Dalvi
15 April 2011
"If you want to play like a bot, you have to think like a bot" Ash Dalvi (2011)
We've all seen it happen. You open with 5/4 and play 24/20 13/8; your opponent rolls 3/3, points on you on his 5pt and makes his 3 pt. Then, the following roll, you dance. This position has been rolled out by many backgammon writers and the proper cube action following this parlay is Double/Take.
However, what if the parlay was slightly different and you have already made your 2 pt? Is it still a double? How many more checkers does your opponent need to add to his potential blitz position to make it a double and to make it a pass? What if you have made the 3, 4 or 5 pt instead of the 2 pt?
From the point of view of the player offering the cube, how much is an extra checker on your opponent's 11 pt worth compared to an extra checker on the 9 pt?
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