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This is not the way to learn backgammon

Posted By: Phil Simborg
Date: Sunday, 2 November 2014, at 5:02 p.m.

In Response To: When are you too good to double in a match? (Trunky)

You are asking good questions. These are all things you need to learn and understand, but asking individual questions about areas of cube action and getting specific answers about each one from various players here is one of the most confusing and inefficient ways to learn about the game I can imagine.

The proper way to learn about the cube is to start with understanding where take points and gammon values come from, what match equity is and how it is logically derived, what cube vig is and how it is calculated, and then how this is applied over the board, first in money games, and then for match play at different scores.

So first you need a strong foundation in the theory, and then some good examples and tools (such as Woolsey's Law, O'Hagan's Law, reference positions and methods to help estimate wins and gammons, and cube vig, racing formulas, etc.

Unless done in the proper order much of what people will respond here to your individual questions won't be of much help to you or might even confuse you more.

You need to read some good books and articles and/or get a mentor or a coach to guide you (everyone learns differently and some are able to get there on their own, and others, like me, failed miserably on their own and only improved with coaching).

You don't know what you don't know. Now, you do know some of what you don't know. You don't know the basic theory and process of cube action, and you need to start there.

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