Position 12, page 21
From Better Backgammon, by Tim Holland

White to play 4-3.

The correct play is to move both men from your bar point to your 4 and 3 points. You are not trying to contain Black’s men on your 1 point. To the contrary, you wish they weren’t there. You will not lose this game in a race — only be exposing a blot that is hit. By leaving two men on your 8 point, if you are forced to expose a blot in your attempt to enter these last two men, Black will be able to hit only with the roll of 6 and 1 (17 to 1 against).

On the other hand, if you had used the 4 and 3 to bring the two men from your 8 point into your board, and if you were subsequently forced to leave a blot while attempting to bring your men in from your bar point (this would occur with the roll of 6 and 4, 6 and 5, and double 5’s), your opponent would then have 11 chances out of 36 to hit — a big difference between that and the 2 out of 36 with the correct move.

7/4, 7/3
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Black owns 2-cube
White rolls 4-3

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4-3: Game BG   Equity
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