Nothing Sweeter Than a Repeater

by Jake Jacobs
5 March 2014

Jake Jacobs

Even in the days when I averaged forty hours of live backgammon play every week, it seemed to me that warming up with a match or two before the start of a big tournament was a good idea.

Now that I average forty hours a year, it follows that warming up is even more important.

Not heeding my own good advice, I played my first match cold. Not a good idea when you are playing someone as strong as Nishikawa in the Super Jackpot. My error rate served to underscore the point.


I had warmed up after a fashion, by taking the Othello Quiz shortly after walking in the door. But the quiz, notoriously difficult, doesn't just warm up your brain, it melts it.

Here is one of the ten problems.

Black leads 3-1 to 5

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