Position 49a, page 90
From Better Backgammon, by Tim Holland

White to play 5-1.

If, as a result of having seen Position 49, you made the correct move of bearing one man from the 5 point and moving one man to White’s 4 point, then, in fact, it wasn’t such a tough problem after all.

Hopefully, these two problems have helped train you to recognize these situations whenever they may occur. If you are alert, you will think before you move; the result will be that you won’t have to say to yourself, “I should have moved that last 3 and 1 differently.”

This brings to mind a favorite quote: “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!‘” That could have been said as a result of a careless backgammon move.

5/off, 5/4
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Black owns 2-cube
White rolls 5-1

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5-1: Game BG   Equity
1 5/4, 5/off W
+0.9236 x  *
2 6/off W
+0.9086 (0.0150) 

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