Position 57, page 89
From Backgammon, the Cruelest Game, by Barclay Cooke and Jon Bradshaw

White to play 2-1.

Here white has nothing to gain by taking two men off, as he did in the previous diagram. By doing so, he leaves himself in a position of maximum exposure without having achieved any tangible rewards.

In this instance, white should bear off one man from the 3 point. Admittedly, he is still open to being hit if black fails to come in and he then rolls any double except double 1’s. Even so, at the moment, it is over 90 to 1 against black hitting white; even if he does, white will have borne off a minimum of seven men (if he rolled double 2’s) and with any larger double, he will have borne off nine men.

3/off  *
Not: 2/off, 1/off
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2-1: Game BG   Equity
1 3/off W
+1.2262 x  *
2 2/off, 1/off W
+1.1841 (0.0421)  Not

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