Best Nearly Best Pretty Good Not So Good
Here are the best ways to play a roll of    after each of Red's possible opening rolls.

The EQUITY column shows the estimated cubeless equity of each potential play. The best play is displayed with a white background and the other plays are displayed with progressively darker backgrounds to give a rough idea of the amount of equity lost. Plays that give up more than 0.05 in cubeless equity are not listed at all.

The VOTES column indicates the recommendations of some selected experts:

D = Joe Dwek, in Backgammon for Profit (1975).
R = Bill Robertie, in Inside Backgammon, Volume 8 (1998).
C = Rene Cerutti, posted to the Internet (1999).
B = Bart Brooks, in Backgammon's Best Openings and Replies (2004).

The check marks denote the best play in each of the following situations:

After

played
24/23, 13/11
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .544, .147, .006   − .456, .123, .004 +.114 RBC 24/23, 6/5(3) + .539, .151, .006   − .461, .125, .005 +.106 (.007) (.009) (.001) (.014) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .530, .150, .006   − .470, .124, .005 +.087 (.026) (.027) (.022) (.030) 8/5, 6/5 + .522, .156, .006   − .478, .134, .006 +.067 (.046) (.043) (.025) (.065)

After

played
13/11, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/20* + .525, .154, .010   − .475, .119, .005 +.091 (.012) (.016) 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .531, .156, .008   − .469, .139, .007 +.082 RDB (.009) (.027) 24/22, 6/5(2) + .526, .142, .007   − .474, .134, .005 +.062 (.029) (.011) (.039) (.029)

After

played
8/5, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .502, .134, .005   − .498, .138, .005 +.001 (.021) 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .502, .145, .006   − .498, .153, .008 −.005 RDBC (.006) (.001) (.030) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .488, .135, .005   − .512, .154, .007 −.044 (.045) (.028) (.048) (.061)

After

played
24/21, 13/11
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 6/4*(2) + .549, .165, .008   − .451, .117, .005 +.150 RBC 6/4*, 6/5(2) + .543, .162, .007   − .457, .132, .007 +.117 (.033) (.013) (.019) (.043)

After

played
13/11, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .562, .172, .009   − .438, .137, .007 +.163 RDB 24/22, 6/5(2) + .551, .157, .008   − .449, .135, .005 +.127 (.036) (.023) (.053) (.021)

After

played
24/23, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .537, .144, .006   − .463, .128, .005 +.091 RBC 24/23, 6/5(3) + .530, .148, .006   − .470, .137, .005 +.072 (.019) (.015) (.006) (.032) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .522, .147, .006   − .478, .129, .006 +.062 (.028) (.030) (.024) (.031)

After

played
24/20, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5*(2) + .588, .188, .010   − .412, .097, .003 +.274 R 24/23, 6/5*(3) + .580, .189, .010   − .420, .103, .004 +.252 (.022) (.016) (.014) (.029) 24/23, 8/7, 6/5*(2) + .573, .188, .010   − .427, .108, .005 +.230 (.044) (.030) (.031) (.054)

After

played
13/9, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/20* + .535, .171, .012   − .465, .121, .004 +.128 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .533, .162, .009   − .467, .146, .007 +.082 RDB (.046) (.005) (.023) (.056)

After

played
8/4, 6/4
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .518, .154, .007   − .482, .151, .008 +.039 RDBC (.013) 24/22, 6/5(2) + .516, .143, .006   − .484, .143, .005 +.033 (.006) (.004) (.027) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .509, .144, .006   − .491, .153, .006 +.010 (.029) (.018) (.038) (.035) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .499, .146, .006   − .501, .138, .006 +.005 (.034) (.038) (.056) (.026)

After

played
24/21, 24/20
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 6/5*/4*(2) + .593, .194, .008   − .407, .099, .004 +.285 R 6/5*(2), 6/4* + .587, .189, .007   − .413, .107, .005 +.258 (.027) (.013) (.024) (.028)

After

played
24/21, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 6/4*(2) + .549, .162, .007   − .451, .121, .005 +.142 RBC 6/4*, 6/5(2) + .544, .162, .007   − .456, .136, .007 +.115 (.027) (.010) (.011) (.039)

After

played
24/20, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5*(2) + .597, .173, .008   − .403, .097, .004 +.274 B 24/23, 6/5*(3) + .587, .173, .008   − .413, .104, .004 +.248 (.026) (.020) (.019) (.033) 8/7(2), 6/5*(2) + .581, .179, .009   − .419, .111, .005 +.233 R (.041) (.032) (.021) (.059)

After

played
13/10, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .557, .170, .009   − .443, .143, .007 +.143 RDB

After

played
24/23, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .542, .147, .005   − .458, .121, .004 +.110 RBC 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .531, .153, .005   − .469, .122, .005 +.093 (.017) (.022) (.009) (.023) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .532, .149, .005   − .468, .129, .005 +.085 (.025) (.019) (.015) (.034) 8/5, 6/5 + .527, .159, .006   − .473, .132, .006 +.080 (.030) (.030) (.006) (.052)

After

played
24/18
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7*(2), 6/5(2) + .586, .182, .007   − .414, .102, .004 +.255 R 8/7*/5, 6/5 + .576, .181, .007   − .424, .105, .004 +.230 (.026) (.020) (.023) (.028) 24/23, 8/7*, 6/5(2) + .573, .177, .007   − .427, .108, .005 +.217 (.038) (.026) (.036) (.039)

After

played
13/8, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .553, .169, .009   − .447, .133, .006 +.144 RDB (.004) 24/20* + .535, .149, .008   − .465, .113, .004 +.110 (.034) (.035) (.074)

After

played
24/22, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .535, .139, .005   − .465, .120, .004 +.088 RB 24/23, 6/5(3) + .525, .144, .005   − .475, .127, .005 +.066 (.022) (.020) (.010) (.033) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .521, .142, .005   − .479, .123, .005 +.062 (.026) (.026) (.019) (.031) 8/5, 6/5 + .518, .147, .005   − .482, .131, .006 +.052 (.036) (.033) (.016) (.054)

After

played
13/8, 6/4
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .565, .174, .008   − .435, .131, .006 +.176 R

After

played
13/11, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .569, .173, .008   − .431, .127, .006 +.184 RDBC

After

played
8/3, 6/3
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .546, .167, .007   − .454, .141, .008 +.118 RBC

After

played
13/10, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .570, .173, .008   − .430, .133, .007 +.183 RD

After

played
24/20, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5*(2) + .582, .169, .007   − .418, .100, .004 +.235 (.010) 8/7(2), 6/5*(2) + .577, .179, .007   − .423, .111, .005 +.224 RBC (.011) (.009) (.031) 24/23, 6/5*(3) + .572, .169, .006   − .428, .108, .004 +.207 (.028) (.019) (.030) (.034) 24/23(2), 6/5*(2) + .566, .169, .006   − .434, .109, .005 +.193 (.041) (.031) (.042) (.049) 8/5*, 6/5 + .563, .178, .007   − .437, .114, .005 +.193 (.042) (.036) (.028) (.064) 24/23, 8/7, 6/5*(2) + .565, .173, .007   − .435, .117, .005 +.186 (.049) (.034) (.037) (.067)

After

played
13/9, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .566, .172, .008   − .434, .133, .007 +.172 RDB

After

played
13/7, 8/7
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .528, .155, .006   − .472, .137, .007 +.073 RDBC (.001) (.011) 24/22, 6/5(2) + .528, .143, .005   − .472, .132, .005 +.068 (.006) (.023) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .510, .145, .005   − .490, .128, .005 +.037 (.036) (.037) (.055) (.029) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .513, .142, .005   − .487, .137, .005 +.030 (.043) (.031) (.056) (.042)

After

played
24/18, 13/11
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7*(2), 6/5(2) + .577, .177, .008   − .423, .110, .005 +.224 RDBC 8/7*/5, 6/5 + .565, .179, .008   − .435, .113, .005 +.199 (.025) (.025) (.019) (.031) 24/23, 8/7*, 6/5(2) + .566, .177, .008   − .434, .116, .005 +.196 (.029) (.022) (.022) (.034)

After

played
24/16
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .518, .140, .005   − .482, .107, .004 +.070 B (.009) 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .515, .147, .005   − .485, .118, .006 +.059 R (.011) (.006) (.028) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .511, .141, .005   − .489, .113, .005 +.050 (.020) (.016) (.022) (.026) 24/23, 8/7, 6/5(2) + .504, .148, .005   − .496, .125, .006 +.032 (.039) (.028) (.020) (.063) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .502, .134, .004   − .498, .109, .005 +.028 (.042) (.034) (.053) (.038) 8/5, 6/5 + .498, .146, .005   − .502, .119, .005 +.023 (.047) (.041) (.036) (.064)

After

played
13/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .560, .171, .009   − .440, .136, .006 +.157 R 24/20* + .539, .146, .007   − .461, .116, .004 +.113 (.044) (.040) (.089) (.000)

After

played
24/18, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7*(2), 6/5(2) + .581, .179, .009   − .419, .111, .005 +.233 RDBC 8/7*/5, 6/5 + .570, .180, .009   − .430, .114, .005 +.210 (.024) (.022) (.020) (.027) 24/23, 8/7*, 6/5(2) + .569, .175, .008   − .431, .116, .005 +.199 (.034) (.024) (.032) (.035)

After

played
24/15
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/5(2) + .517, .142, .005   − .483, .110, .004 +.066 (.009) 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .514, .149, .005   − .486, .120, .006 +.056 RB (.010) (.005) (.026) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .505, .139, .004   − .495, .112, .005 +.037 (.029) (.023) (.037) (.028) 24/23, 8/7, 6/5(2) + .502, .147, .005   − .498, .127, .006 +.024 (.042) (.029) (.027) (.062) 24/23(2), 6/5(2) + .500, .134, .004   − .500, .110, .005 +.023 (.042) (.034) (.059) (.033)

After

played
8/2, 6/2
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .567, .177, .008   − .433, .137, .008 +.174 RB

After

played
24/18, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7*(2), 6/5(2) + .578, .178, .008   − .422, .114, .005 +.222 RDB 24/23, 8/7*, 6/5(2) + .570, .176, .009   − .430, .119, .005 +.201 (.022) (.015) (.019) (.024) 8/7*/5, 6/5 + .564, .179, .008   − .436, .119, .005 +.191 (.031) (.027) (.026) (.037)

After

played
24/14
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 8/7(2), 6/5(2) + .515, .152, .005   − .485, .123, .006 +.057 RBC 24/22, 6/5(2) + .505, .138, .004   − .495, .115, .004 +.033 (.025) (.020) (.048) (.004) 24/23, 6/5(3) + .498, .137, .004   − .502, .115, .005 +.017 (.040) (.034) (.063) (.019)

After

played
24/13