From Better Backgammon, by Tim Holland
||White to play 5-4.|
The correct play is to make Black’s 5 point. By having this point, you prevent Black from blocking your escape. You also have a landing spot in the event you are hit sometime later in the game.
You hope on your next roll to make your bar point, 4, or 3 point, which would end, more or less, Black’s attempts to escape with his men on your 1 point.
The alternative move is tempting but incorrect. It is to enter on Black’s 5 point and hit Black’s blot on your 9 point. This would give Black a fourth man in your home board, perhaps allowing him to make a second point there, which could prove embarrassing to you later on.
Tom Keith 2013
White rolls 5-4
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