by Douglas Zare
1 December 2012
Backgammon races are generally simple, and what could be simpler than a checker play decision with a speed board?
And yet, I ran across a tough decision recently with a choice between two speed boards. I hope you will find it interesting, too.
In a pure n-roll position, every non-double would decrease the number of rolls by 1, and every double would decrease the rolls by 2.
A speed board is a bearoff with all checkers on low points with no gaps. Speed boards resemble pure n-roll positions, but it may be possible to open up gaps by rolling too many aces or low doubles.
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