2023 - Position 150
Updated: Sep 15
Match Play. 4-4 to 7. How should Blue play 22?
As my colleague Tim Cross recently said, “priming is the beautiful art of backgammon; always remember that.”
It is particularly true when playing against a back game when one bad roll for your opponent can crush his home board.
Here, making the 9-pt is mandatory, as it creates a five-point prime with six enemy checkers trapped behind it. White’s home board may not live long. The other two 2’s can be play 8/4, 6/2* or 13/11, 6/4. The key is to understand the importance of the 9-pt.
Over the board 9/7, 8/4, 6/4 was played. That move is a very bad blunder.