by Ash Dalvi
18 August 2011
When you have hit loose and your opponent stays on the bar, you can sometimes be fortunate enough to have a choice between hitting a second blot in your opponent's outfield and covering your own board blot.
The advantage of covering is that you strengthen your board which increases your opponent's chances of dancing. The benefits of hitting are that you have almost escaped a back checker; you take away the second half of your opponent's roll and you gain pips in the race. The obvious downside of hitting is that you might get hit by a checker entering from the bar. Furthermore, even if you don't get hit and both of your opponent's checkers enter, you may have a lot of blots to clear up. Nevertheless, in some situations, it is correct to hit and, in others, you should cover the board blot.
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