by Douglas Zare
1 July 2013
Bearoffs in which there are no misses, and each side saves a roll with any double, are among the simplest backgammon positions.
There are no checker play decisions, only cube decisions.
For money, a 3-roll versus a 3-roll position is a pass, 4 vs. 4 is redouble/take, and 5 vs. 5 is double/take but not a redouble.
Match play is more complicated because the points have different values. It can even be right to redouble while behind a roll when you are an underdog in the match.
Even these simple positions can produce difficult cube decisions in match play.
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