13 March 2012
Now that I give a fair amount of backgammon lessons I'm always looking for material. Luckily I have my forums which now house about 6 years of positions and sites such as Gammonvillage here that maintains and endless list of articles I can pull information from. Still, this past week when I went to put together a prime v. prime lesson I came up a lot shorter than I had expected. Normally I can search my forums and find any number of problems for the topic at hand and proceed from there be it blitzing games, long races, short races, backgames, etc... This time though there wasn't much. I then turned to Gammonvillage to see if anyone had thoroughly covered the topic. Both Walter Trice and MCG had covered your basic reference positions but that's not what I was interested in for this article. Prime v. prime reference positions aren't very useful in the sense of committing them to memory. They are good because they get the point across of a small change in a prime v. prime position can make a huge difference, how important timing is, etc... but they don't have a use like early game blitzing reference positions for example. They are not to be memorized.
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