I Left My Heart in San Francisco (And My Brain in Los Angeles)

by Steve Sax
5 September 2012

Steve Sax

Seeking a repeat as Master's champion and a first Golden Gate Open title, I assembled a paltry 4-4 match record and along the way made some peculiar cube and checker decisions. Today we'll look at ten of those boo boos which will help to explain why I didn't do better.

Facing off against backgammon legend Nick Maffeo in the first round of the Golden Gate masters I had an interesting six and five to play leading 1-0 to 13. I could play safe (7-1, 10-5) or aggressive (7-2*, 10-4).

In "San Francisco 1" I chose to hit loose and go for the gammon reasoning that even if I was hit back, I could still re-enter and counter-attack. If I didn't enter he still wouldn't likely have a re-double, so I chose to gamble as it would take a parlay to lose the game.

Position San Francisco 1:

is Player 2

score: 0
pip: 109
13 point match
pip: 74
score: 1

is Player 1
to play 56

1.Rollout110/5 7/1eq: +0.856
89.58% (G:10.37% B:0.04%)
10.42% (G:0.30% B:0.01%)
Conf: ± 0.003 (+0.853...+0.859)
Duration: 1 minute 09 seconds
2.Rollout110/4 7/2* eq: +0.786 (-0.070)
76.79% (G:35.39% B:0.10%)
23.21% (G:1.60% B:0.05%)
Conf: ± 0.004 (+0.782...+0.790)
Duration: 52.8 seconds
1 1296 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Moves: 3 ply, cube decisions: XG Roller

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross

If I didn't hit then my gammon chances would diminish fairly significantly as he would have a whole roll to move his outfield freight towards home and in that process potentially make his seven or eight point as a defensive deterrent against me playing aggressive on future rolls.
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