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Definition of 'Gammonish'?

Posted By: phil simborg
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016, at 1:48 p.m.

In Response To: Definition of 'Gammonish'? (sebalotek)

I don't think you can put a definitive number on what is gammonish and what is not...the "ish" is what makes this clearly a term that means it is a subjective range.

This article by Kit is one of my favorites and I send it to all my students and have read it many times myself, and it is a great tool.

One reason you can't put specific numbers to this is because in some kinds of games and scores, getting gammoned 15 percent is a major consideration in your cube action, and in other scores and situations, 15 percent may not be that critical to your checker and cube decisions. It depends on the type of position and the score.

My application of "gammonish" is, I believe, pretty much the way Kit intended it...when gammons get high enough to be a real consideration in your thinking. How high is high is what you want to know, and I think one test would be that if it is a position where you really need to think strongly about the gammon implications in your cube decisions.

Take a typical holding game with an anchor on your opponent's 3, 4, or 5 point...there are usually not a lot of gammons there...so it's not "gammonish." Take an almost identical position and put a checker on the roof, or instead of having an anchor, have those checkers split, and it becomes gammonish and you really need to factor in gammon risk as a major part of your cube decision.

If you are at a score where the gammon value is high, a position that is not gammonish at 11 away/ 11 away is suddenly gammonish.

Hope this helps.

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