Saturday 16 May 1998
Always remember that backgammon is a race. Here, before the roll, the racing counts are Black 114, White 108. So even after the roll Black will be slightly behind. The captain argued hard that move (a) was correct. His view was that White was unlikely to escape and so he could still attack next roll when he might roll a better number. The team wanted to hit with move (b) as in many variations - for example when White throws one of the nine numbers that keep him on the bar - they would be able to double White out. Even if White does hit, Black is far from dead because if he re-enters at once it could be anybody's game.
In a chouette the captain has the final choice of move and the team could not persuade him to agree to their choice. White's next roll was 65 which he played 22/11 and he went on to win the game easily. But who was right?
The answer is the hit by a big margin. For the team members, it is true that after move (a) they may still have a good double next roll or the roll after. For the captain, however, the choice should have been crystal clear. He had already doubled and, as I have often said, once you have doubled you must play aggressively as the cube can no longer help you. By hitting, the captain would have won not only more games but also many more gammons as quite often he will close out White's lone back man. It may seem odd to give your opponent a voluntary shot after escaping your own back men but in this case the gains far outweigh the risks.
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £30000 per annum + Generous commission scheme: AER Teachers: Thames T...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Supply teachers neede...
£111 - £163 per day + £111 - £163 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: The posi...
£64 - £69 per day + Competitive London rates of pay : Randstad Education Group...