The Ash Dalvi 5/5 Blitz Count (Part 1)

by Ash Dalvi
16 June 2011

Ash Dalvi

"Assessing cube action in a 5/5 blitz position when the blitzee has a 1 pt board is as easy as one two" Ash Dalvi (2011)

The 5/5 blitz position probably occurs more frequently than the 3/3 blitz position. One reason for this is that, when your opponent splits his back checkers, he often leaves one checker back on the 24 pt. Obviously, when you roll 5/5, this checker will usually get pointed on.

The 5/5 position requires a different counting system compared to the 3/3 blitz position. In a 5/5 blitz position, you have one game plan and that is to blitz. If your opponent manages to anchor and make a high point in his own board, you are frequently struggling to get your checkers round. This contrasts with a 3/3 blitz position in which you have both priming and blitzing potential. Because of the priming potential, when your opponent anchors in a 3/3 board, you are often still favourite to win the game.

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