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51\$-65R-54P-32S-55P-52P-22@-55

Posted By: Nack Ballard
Date: Saturday, 5 April 2014, at 6:25 a.m.

In Response To: Advanced Backgammon Blunder (phil simborg)

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 121 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 102 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
XGID=-BaBBBB-C---b-b--b-dB-bb--:0:0:1:54:0:0:3:0:10

51\$-65R-54P-32S-55P-52P-22@-55P-44P-32E-C-42P-612-54
[S J180] "<=1

J (Jump, 8/3 8/2) is clearly the wrong play, though it is not baseless in concept. Give White his 4pt (with 6/4(2)) in addition, and it is wrong for Blue to break his anchor (J becomes the standout play).

I don't have the first edition (1984) of Adv BG Vol 1, and I couldn't find this problem when flipping through the second edition (1991). Possibly I overlooked it, but more likely it was weeded out. The preface does state, "The best problems from the original [first edition] have been retained..." Evidently, the position above was not among the best. :)

The sequence captioned beneath the (above) diagram is "well played" (no checker or cube error worse than –.02). The eighth roll play is interesting enough that I have reproduced it below (with colors reversed, so that the decision is being made by the near-side player). Assume unlimited play (money).

Blue to play 55 (below). Bueller? Anyone?

Nack

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 124 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 148 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
XGID=-----bE-C--BbD---d-cA-b-b-:0:0:1:55:0:0:3:0:10

51\$-65R-54P-32S-55P-52P-22@-55

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