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, 13/8 + .472, .120, .005   − .528, .149, .005 −.085 RBC 13/11, 13/8 + .464, .128, .005   − .536, .156, .007 −.102 (.017) (.016) (.000) (.031) 24/22, 6/1* + .460, .121, .004   − .540, .153, .007 −.113 (.028) (.024) (.021) (.032) 13/11, 6/1* + .459, .129, .005   − .541, .162, .009 −.119 (.034) (.027) (.008) (.054)

After

played
13/11, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .440, .116, .005   − .560, .175, .007 −.180 RDB (.014) 13/11, 13/8 + .436, .127, .006   − .564, .183, .009 −.187 (.006) (.007) (.024) 13/8, 6/4 + .433, .120, .005   − .567, .179, .009 −.195 (.015) (.013) (.018) (.021)

After

played
8/5, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .428, .111, .005   − .572, .179, .007 −.213 RBC 13/11, 13/8 + .410, .117, .005   − .590, .194, .010 −.261 D (.048) (.036) (.024) (.066)

After

played
24/21, 13/11
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/8, 6/4* + .476, .131, .005   − .524, .146, .007 −.065 RBC 24/22, 13/8 + .466, .113, .004   − .534, .151, .005 −.108 (.043) (.021) (.057) (.032)

After

played
13/11, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .463, .123, .006   − .537, .169, .006 −.120 RB (.002) 13/11, 13/8 + .455, .133, .006   − .545, .177, .009 −.138 (.017) (.016) (.032) 13/8, 6/4 + .451, .125, .006   − .549, .177, .009 −.155 D (.035) (.024) (.023) (.040)

After

played
24/23, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .465, .121, .005   − .535, .162, .006 −.113 RBC (.006) 13/11, 13/8 + .459, .130, .005   − .541, .166, .008 −.122 (.009) (.012) (.020) 24/22, 6/1* + .456, .118, .004   − .544, .165, .007 −.138 (.025) (.018) (.029) (.023) 13/11, 6/1* + .453, .126, .005   − .547, .170, .010 −.144 (.031) (.024) (.020) (.040)

After

played
24/20, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .450, .106, .004   − .550, .151, .005 −.147 R 24/22, 6/1* + .441, .106, .003   − .559, .149, .006 −.163 (.016) (.017) (.016) (.013)

After

played
13/9, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .433, .116, .005   − .567, .184, .007 −.204 B 13/11, 13/8 + .425, .121, .006   − .575, .188, .009 −.221 D (.016) (.016) (.006) (.023) 13/8, 6/4 + .425, .119, .005   − .575, .186, .009 −.221 R (.016) (.015) (.010) (.019)

After

played
8/4, 6/4
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .446, .116, .005   − .554, .181, .006 −.176 RBC 13/11, 13/8 + .429, .123, .006   − .571, .187, .009 −.210 D (.034) (.032) (.018) (.045)

After

played
24/21, 24/20
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/8, 6/4* + .473, .112, .004   − .527, .135, .006 −.079 R 24/22, 13/8 + .458, .102, .003   − .542, .130, .005 −.112 (.033) (.030) (.049) (.019)

After

played
24/21, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/8, 6/4* + .476, .132, .006   − .524, .156, .008 −.075 RBC

After

played
24/20, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .454, .104, .004   − .546, .149, .005 −.139 RB 24/22, 6/1* + .441, .102, .003   − .559, .150, .007 −.170 (.031) (.025) (.029) (.028) 13/8, 6/4 + .439, .098, .003   − .561, .155, .007 −.182 (.043) (.029) (.040) (.041)

After

played
13/10, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .453, .118, .005   − .547, .177, .006 −.154 RB (.004) 13/11, 13/8 + .445, .128, .006   − .555, .186, .010 −.171 (.018) (.015) (.034) 13/8, 6/4 + .445, .122, .006   − .555, .187, .010 −.180 D (.026) (.016) (.013) (.036)

After

played
24/23, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .475, .117, .004   − .525, .145, .005 −.079 RBC (.002) 13/11, 13/8 + .466, .126, .004   − .534, .153, .007 −.097 (.019) (.017) (.034) 13/11, 6/1* + .461, .128, .004   − .539, .165, .009 −.118 (.039) (.027) (.006) (.067) 24/22, 6/1* + .458, .117, .004   − .542, .152, .006 −.122 (.044) (.034) (.035) (.049)

After

played
24/18
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .469, .115, .004   − .531, .126, .004 −.074 R 24/22, 6/1* + .459, .124, .004   − .541, .131, .006 −.090 (.017) (.020) (.002) (.029) 13/8, 6/4 + .458, .120, .004   − .542, .138, .006 −.104 (.030) (.023) (.012) (.046)

After

played
13/8, 6/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/8, 6/4 + .447, .125, .005   − .553, .169, .008 −.153 RDB (.002) (.014) 24/22, 13/8 + .448, .115, .005   − .552, .163, .006 −.153 (.000) (.018) 13/11, 13/8 + .444, .127, .005   − .556, .174, .009 −.161 (.009) (.008) (.002) (.029)

After

played
24/22, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .468, .129, .005   − .532, .152, .007 −.091 (.002) (.013) 24/22, 13/8 + .469, .118, .004   − .531, .146, .005 −.091 RB (.000) (.019) 8/3*/1* + .454, .127, .004   − .546, .159, .008 −.127 (.036) (.028) (.030) (.053) 13/11, 8/3* + .455, .129, .005   − .545, .169, .011 −.135 (.044) (.026) (.023) (.071) 24/22, 8/3* + .452, .121, .004   − .548, .158, .008 −.136 (.045) (.032) (.046) (.055) 24/22, 6/1* + .452, .115, .004   − .548, .153, .007 −.138 (.047) (.034) (.058) (.048)

After

played
13/8, 6/4
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .458, .130, .006   − .542, .169, .008 −.126 (.018) 24/22, 13/8 + .457, .117, .005   − .543, .159, .006 −.129 R (.003) (.002) (.027) 13/8, 6/4 + .453, .124, .005   − .547, .166, .008 −.140 (.014) (.010) (.022) (.021)

After

played
13/11, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .467, .137, .006   − .533, .163, .008 −.095 RB 24/22, 13/8 + .464, .123, .005   − .536, .162, .006 −.111 C (.016) (.006) (.032) (.004) 13/8, 6/4 + .460, .127, .005   − .540, .160, .009 −.118 D (.024) (.015) (.035) (.010)

After

played
8/3, 6/3
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .454, .132, .006   − .546, .177, .009 −.141 RBC 13/8, 6/4 + .445, .124, .005   − .555, .183, .011 −.174 (.033) (.017) (.033) (.028)

After

played
13/10, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .461, .131, .006   − .539, .168, .008 −.117 R (.001) (.010) 24/22, 13/8 + .462, .119, .005   − .538, .164, .006 −.122 (.005) (.023) 13/8, 6/4 + .457, .125, .005   − .543, .170, .009 −.135 D (.018) (.009) (.021) (.022)

After

played
24/20, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .455, .101, .003   − .545, .144, .005 −.135 RBC 13/8, 6/4 + .443, .103, .003   − .557, .152, .008 −.168 (.034) (.025) (.021) (.040) 24/22, 6/1* + .440, .101, .003   − .560, .150, .006 −.172 (.037) (.030) (.029) (.041) 13/6 + .434, .103, .003   − .566, .154, .006 −.184 (.049) (.041) (.036) (.060)

After

played
13/9, 13/8
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11, 13/8 + .457, .132, .006   − .543, .175, .009 −.131 RB 13/8, 6/4 + .452, .125, .005   − .548, .174, .010 −.150 D (.019) (.011) (.025) (.009) 24/22, 13/8 + .453, .118, .005   − .547, .174, .006 −.153 (.021) (.009) (.037) (.008)

After

played
13/7, 8/7
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .450, .114, .004   − .550, .159, .006 −.146 BC 13/11, 13/8 + .435, .123, .004   − .565, .171, .009 −.183 R (.037) (.030) (.012) (.056)

After

played
24/18, 13/11
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/1* + .446, .121, .004   − .554, .142, .006 −.131 RB (.003) (.006) 24/22, 13/8 + .447, .111, .004   − .553, .140, .005 −.135 C (.005) (.018) 13/8, 6/4 + .440, .115, .004   − .560, .151, .007 −.158 D (.028) (.015) (.023) (.037)

After

played
24/16
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .457, .114, .004   − .543, .125, .005 −.097 RB 13/8, 6/4 + .444, .118, .004   − .556, .145, .007 −.143 (.046) (.027) (.019) (.067)

After

played
13/5
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/8, 6/4 + .449, .126, .005   − .551, .175, .009 −.155 (.001) (.010) 24/22, 13/8 + .450, .116, .005   − .550, .171, .006 −.156 R (.002) (.019) 13/11, 13/8 + .448, .127, .005   − .552, .177, .009 −.158 (.003) (.004) (.000) (.018)

After

played
24/18, 13/10
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/1* + .449, .120, .004   − .551, .145, .007 −.129 R (.004) 24/22, 13/8 + .449, .114, .004   − .551, .143, .006 −.133 BC (.004) (.013) 13/8, 6/4 + .438, .112, .004   − .562, .153, .007 −.167 D (.038) (.021) (.037) (.041)

After

played
24/15
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .456, .113, .004   − .544, .129, .005 −.106 RB 24/22, 6/1* + .437, .111, .003   − .563, .128, .006 −.147 (.041) (.038) (.042) (.036) 13/8, 6/4 + .440, .117, .004   − .560, .147, .008 −.154 (.047) (.031) (.022) (.067)

After

played
8/2, 6/2
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 13/8 + .483, .129, .005   − .517, .167, .005 −.071 (.011) 13/11, 13/8 + .478, .140, .006   − .522, .170, .009 −.077 RB (.005) (.010) (.016)

After

played
24/18, 13/9
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 24/22, 6/1* + .449, .121, .004   − .551, .154, .007 −.139 RB 24/22, 13/8 + .438, .107, .004   − .562, .153, .006 −.171 (.032) (.022) (.049) (.018)

After

played
24/14
 PLAY W      G     BG EQUITY VOTES CL DMP GG GS 13/11*, 13/8 + .517, .148, .006   − .483, .129, .005 +.054 RB 13/11*, 6/1* + .499, .149, .005   − .501, .139, .006 +.007 (.047) (.037) (.035) (.056)

After

played
24/13