From Better Backgammon, by Tim Holland
||White to play 6-5.|
The correct play is to make White’s 5 point. The tremendous value of having your 5 point at this juncture of the game far outweighs any other move.
You are putting pressure on Black’s blots in your home board in two ways: first, with the start of a formidable blockade which restricts Black’s forward movement and escape, and, second, with the threat of making additional points in your board which could put Black on the rim
Since there is no threat to your men in Black’s home board at this moment, you should not consider either the play of making Black’s bar point or the move of one man from Black’s 1 point to Black’s 12 point.
Tom Keith 2013
White rolls 6-5
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