Not Open and Shut

by Jake Jacobs
14 August 2013

Jake Jacobs

The Giants converged on Chicago last Memorial Day weekend, for the Chicago Backgammon Open and the Giants Invitational.

After a long weekend, with a format designed to maximize the number of matches played, a few folks emerged as winners, and the others as wieners.

Because of the efforts of Ben Friesen many complete matches were streamed or recorded, and I have a few of those.

But I jotted down many individual positions, and today we will look at some of the interesting ones.

Ben (looking modest)

Limo Service for the losers

White (Bill) trails 5-7 to 9

Long-time Chicago player Bill Bartholomay cubed me here in our Open match; leading 2-away, 4-away should I take? Over the board I told myself I needed to win 8 of 36. He misses fifteen times, and six misses are bad for him, but six are above average, and three are great, so I would expect to win fewer than five times if not hit. Which means I would need to win more than three if hit, or better than 15% of the times my blot is picked off. Apparently that open deuce matters more than I thought, and it is a close take.
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