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65R-63S-62D-61H-61H-41D-32

Posted By: Fatboy
Date: Thursday, 3 April 2014, at 12:56 a.m.

In Response To: 65R-63S-62D-61H-61H-41D-32 (Nack Ballard)

"There is a key difference in Blue's 11pt builder, which is absent in the (basic) position below but introduced into the (more developed) position above (Advanced Backgammon #74). This builder substantially increases Blue's incentive to make the 4pt. If he makes the 5pt, his 11pt builder will be poorly placed, six pips away from an already-made point.

Is the 11pt factor (+/ the relatively small effect of White's 9pt builder) enough to overcome the (normal) .04 difference? Maybe, I don't know. Gun to head, I guess I'll go with "5" (which, to recap, yields both the inferior distribution and inefficient 11pt builder, but makes the stronger point). When in doubt make the 5pt, though the trick is to know when to be in doubt."

Thats a great point about the 11 point builder. Thanks for that great post!!

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