by Steve Sax
21 June 2012
The 2012 Los Angeles Backgammon Open drew top players from all over the United States and if I was going to win the tournament I would more than likely run into quite a few tough matches in my quest for victory.
And wouldn't you know it but right off the bat I would draw the 1989 World Backgammon Champion Joe Russell in the first round.
Joe had led 9-1 to eleven but somehow I tied the match at ten each when I had a four and one to play in position "L.A. 1".
I had quite a few plays to select from, but the two that most stood out to me as viable were (22-18*, 7-6) and (7-3*, 3-2).
Position L.A. 1:
|to play 14|
|1.||Rollout1||7/3* 3/2||eq: +0.447|
|2.||Rollout1||22/18* 7/6||eq: +0.446 (-0.001)|
|1 1296 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.|
Moves: 3 ply, cube decisions: XG Roller
eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross
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