Bearing Off When Oppponent Has Fourteen Off
Posted By: David Rockwell In Response To: Bearing Off When Oppponent Has Fourteen Off (Paul Weaver)
Date: Monday, 13 January 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
In Response To: Bearing Off When Oppponent Has Fourteen Off (Paul Weaver)
With 13 or 14 checkers off, it is frequently correct to leave a blot on the ace in order to bear off one checker. I believe there is also a small number of cases where this is correct with more off. This is an exception to the rule of keeping as many points as possible as long as possible (with non-doublets). It is an attempt to hold the five point prime longer with the cost of some early accidents. (The logic is somewhat different with 13 off of course.)
I'm sure these plays are both close. It is easier to play with six points after 41 than 51. So, I imagine that 8-3 is correct for the former and 8-3, 1-off for the latter.
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