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Four problems related to Opening 42

Posted By: Nack Ballard
Date: Friday, 20 June 2014, at 6:45 p.m.

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 194 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 194 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
XGID=-bb---D-C---dD---c-d---BB-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

Which is a better opening roll: 42 or 61?

Problem 1:... In the opening position of Nackgammon (above), which is a better opening roll: 42 or 61?

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 169 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 169 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
XGID=-b----D-D---eE---d-d----B-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

Which is a better opening roll: 42 or 61?

Problem 2:... In the modified opening position above, which is a better roll: 42 or 61?

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 192 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 192 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
XGID=-c----C-C---fF---c-c----C-:0:0:1:42:0:0:3:0:10

Blue to play 42

Problem 3:... What is the best play and what is the second best play with opening 42 in the modified opening position shown above?

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 167 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 161 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
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Blue played opening 42P

 White is Player 2 score: 0 pip: 167 Unlimited GameJacoby Beaver pip: 159 score: 0 Blue is Player 1
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Blue played opening 42P plus an extra 6/4

Problem 4:... In a money game, you play opening 42, as shown in the first (left-hand) position above. Your opponent offers you let you play a free deuce from your 6pt to your 4pt (before he rolls), as shown in the second (right-hand) position above. Should you accept the opponent's kind offer?

In other words, with White on roll, which of the two positions is better for Blue?

Nack

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