Peachy Michy Backgammon Quiz

by Jake Jacobs
10 January 2015

Jake Jacobs

My first match during last fall's Japan Open was against Michy Kageyama in the Super Jackpot. That match is the source of the following problems.

Play these well and you will have the satisfaction of playing them well. Play them poorly and you might wind up advancing to the next round, as I did.

Black is always on roll (however the player playing Black varies according to whose play it was during the match), and each correct play scores ten points.

1: Black leads 1-0 to 11

2: Black trails 0-1 to 11

3: Black trails 0-1 to 11

4: Black leads 5-2 to 11

5: Black leads 5-3 to 11

6: Black trails 3-7 to 11

7: Black tied 7-7 to 11

8: Black tied 7-7 to 11, cube actions?

9: Black trails 8-9 to 11

10: Black tied 9-9 to 11


1) 9/3(2), 8/2(2)* Why not run? Running leaves twelve return shots as opposed to only four, with a weaker inner board and a weaker prime. Making both points is over 4% better.
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