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To Bagai or not to Bagai

Posted By: Taper_Mike
Date: Thursday, 4 April 2013, at 12:11 a.m.

In Response To: To Bagai or not to Bagai (Neil Robins)





White is Player 2

score: 0
pip: 184
1 point match
pip: 64
score: 0

Blue is Player 1
XGID=d-CDBCB----Ab---bb-c--b---:1:-1:1:52:0:0:0:1:10
Blue to play 52

In unlimited games, Blue will certainly sacrifice some gammon and backgammon wins when he opens up the 6pt. I think he will give up even more, however, when White is allowed to enter on the 1pt. After Blue has removed a few checkers, knocking a sniper off the 1pt may not be a possibility. My guess is that the late hits White gets when the 1pt is left open cause Blue to miss more gammons and backgammons than opening the 6pt now. Thatís the reason I suggested that the Bagai play should be even stronger in unlimited games. Those gammons represent a lot of equity.

I suppose slotting the 1pt now, with the intention to close the board, might be a way to try to maximize backgammon wins. But being hit on the 1pt opens up the possibility that White might anchor there.

I still like the Bagai play.

Mike

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