Position 27, page 46
From Better Backgammon, by Tim Holland

White to play 6-2.

The correct move is to bear one man from your 3 point and one man from your 2 point. This appears on the surface to resemble Position 26. It is vastly different, however. The fact that Black does not have a closed board, plus the fact that if your resulting blot on your 2 point is not hit, you will quite likely win a gammon, are the determining factors in your decision to bear your man from your 2 point rather than hit Black’s blot on your 1 point. There is also the possibility that you will win a triple game. Black might roll 3 and 2 or double 2s followed by your double 3s or better.

True, by bearing two men off, you may be forced to leave two blots on your subsequent roll. No importance should be placed on this possibility because most likely Black will either be forced to leave your 1 point (and 6, 5, or double 4s), or by choice in order perhaps to save a gammon or backgammon. Added to this is the fact that if Black doe3s not hit or is not forced to leave your 1 point, his board will have one and perhaps two fewer points for you to be concerned with.

3/off, 2/off
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Money play
Black owns 2-cube
White rolls 6-2

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6-2: Game BG   Equity
1 3/off, 2/off W
+1.3010 x  *
2 3/1*, 3/off W
+1.2156 (0.0854) 

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