Swedish Backgammon Open Part II


Swedish Backgammon Open background and results on The Road Less Traveled

By Robert Wachtel

Some of the more interesting backgammon positions I encountered in the Swedish Open tournament came up in my ill-fated fighter’s bracket semifinal with Liby. I was never ahead throughout the whole 13-point match, but I won a gammon in the Crawford game at 6-12, taking away my opponent’s free drop. At 8-12, I doubled immediately and reached this semi-promising position:

semi-promising backgammon position

semi-promising backgammon position

Every once in a while, even an experienced backgammon player will find himself at sea in an innocuous-looking situation. I knew that I would love to win a gammon at this match score, but the 6-3 that I rolled seemed tailor-made, instead, to put my disconnected house in order. With three semi-primed checkers back and only the beginnings of a blockade on my side of the board to contain Libby’s one straggler, the play seemed obvious: 24/18, 11/8. Makes the eight point, mobilizes the back checkers, fights for the crucial 18 point. Only fleetingly did I imagine that the match score might justify an irresponsible-looking deuce-point hit. I did what was natural and normal, and recorded the position just in case it might turn out to be a freak.

When I looked it over later I got a shock. The bots say that hitting with the six is clearly right even for money (the best 3 is then 10/7). Not only does hitting win more gammons than my positional play, it wins more games as well! I’m still not sure I understand how this one works. The equities:

Equitiies (Swedish Backgammon Open)

Equitiies (Swedish Backgammon Open)

Despite my passivity, things turned out well for me in this game – very well. Liby never escaped his back checker. Eventually he cracked his board. I picked up a second checker and was able to achieve a closeout. I had some real gammon chances when I rolled a 5-3 in this position.

Real gammon chances

Real gammon chances

I still had some time on my clock, and could have given this play a think; but instead I instantly played the routine 4 off, 4/1. Liby came in, ran off the gammon, and went on to win the match.


I have a sick habit of second-guessing myself. And this habit can make me a troublemaker. Why, I berated myself, had I not studied Liby’s board for a second? It was a four-pointer, but an ugly one, with gaps and lots of buried checkers. If I’d had any guts, I’d have just snapped two pieces off with the 5-3. If I were missed, I’d probably win a gammon; if I were hit, I’d probably survive and win anyway.

Continuing to make trouble, I rounded up two of my favorite backgammon giants, Falafel and Michy, and showed them the problem. And sure enough, I got action. Falafel, the gambler, found the brave, go-for-the-gammon play irresistible; Michy, a solid and conservative citizen, played it safe. Falafel suggested a friendly wager, and Michy politely accepted. But the result was not close. Michy’s play won easily. Black’s board, despite its defects, is just too strong to volunteer a shot against. And at this match score the gammon price (the value of a gammon relative to the value of a single game) is not that much greater than in a money game. I had made the right play after all; and perhaps it was better that I hadn’t even considered the alternative!world translation servicesми-2интернет продажа ноутбукикосметичкизимние курорты грузииcondos for sale downtown miamiгрузия отдыхtruck tonneau covers canadaproductbdsm klкерамическая сковорода вокdatabase development tools oracletranslate hindiWithdrawable Deposit Bonus 2016escort service in klenglishтур грузия 2016eskorteкак узнать модель своего ноутбукаfolding truck bed covers reviewsармения тудейрезина24option review scamскачать игру the room на андроидСкачать бесплатно игру фермакак взломать почту яндексОдноБот качатьвзломать wi fiвзломатьвзлом электронной почтысайтвзлом wi fi сетейместоположениеBrutus Aet 2VZLOM POCHTY SKACHATВзлом wowвзломать почтубесплатныйчит world of warcraftBlackсайтpredatorsскачатьvzlom-viber.comраскрутка сайта самостоятельно1с bitrixlist of trading platformsbroker prestigeoption

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