29 November 2012
There are a lot of positions that come up when we play backgammon that are easily analyzed if we take time to dissect the pieces. The problem is most humans don't approach backgammon or problems this way. What we have a tendancy to do is give a problem what I call the old once over and try to work on feel alone. There is a much better way to do things especially for certain types of problems. We need to practice this approach at home so that the math comes to us easily and we'll be able to do the estimations in a reasonable amount of time over the board. Also, reference positions will be very useful in tackling some of these problems so taking the time to always break the problem down will show us what reference positions we need to know. Let's start with an easy one that I recently had in the Consolation finals in Las Vegas versus a strong Japanese player, Akiko Yazawa.
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