25 November 2011
Thanks to one of my students I've been devoting a lot of my time to studying backgames over the past few months. While backgames don't come up that often especially with optimal play, I would categorize them as much more interesting than your every day backgammon positions. I had never fully launched into backgame study because I'd never had a real reason to. When studying backgammon I try to cover the things that are most likely to come up, that will be the most useful to me, so in that sense backgames were put on the back burner. Sure, I'd looked at them to get a general idea of what I'm doing but never really got under the hood of backgames. Fortunately a student of mine is at a high enough level that he forced me to do some study so I could give him lessons on backgames. This has greatly helped my own understanding as well.
In this article I'm going to try to present an overview of backgames. Each type of backgame deserves at least its own article and that is something I may do in the future but for now to help you get your head around this type of game we need only scratch the surface.
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