Pure Rolls in Match Play

by Douglas Zare
1 July 2013

Douglas Zare

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.

Red is on roll, leading 4-away 6-away.
Cube action?

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