In the Eastern version of backgammon there is no doubling cube, so each game is played to the end. Playing in this manner for a few weeks is an excellent way to get a better understanding of the game, since you get to see how games develop from positions that are normally double/ drop.
Thus you can often get the chance to check your assessment of positions in a way that may not normally be available.
Your strategy also has to change a little, as it is no longer sufficient to reach a strong double. Game plans must be predicated on playing the game to a conclusion.
However it shouldn't change much; strong moves are still strong moves and good backgammon principles still apply. In this position I played 23/12, got hit when white rolled 63, played 21/15, 5/2* and was easily gammoned. It is too easy to go by results and think in retrospect that breaking a point may have been a better play.
It isn't. This is a standard prime versus prime position and 23/12 is easily the best move as it escapes a man at a moment when both sides are short of timing. Moves such as 7/1, 7/2 or 8/2, 8/3 should not be countenanced just because of White's strong board.
Just play 23/12 and trust that your prime will win the day. Sadly there are days when it doesn't - touche Remzi.Reuse content