Forum Archive : Terminology

"Back game"

From:   Marty Storer
Address:   mstorer@drc.com
Date:   29 January 2004
Subject:   Re: definition
Forum:   GammOnLine

A backgame is when (1) one side holds at least two points in the
opponent's inner board, that are in direct contact with an advanced
bearin or bearoff position, and (2) virtually the only realistic way to
win is to hit as the opponent breaks up the structure.

Even the ancient backgame-fanciers like Barclay Cooke cautioned against
trying to play backgames when there were other plans available. Bill
Robertie, no backgame fancier, had a very good section on backgames in
his 1982 book Genud vs Dwek.

Basically, it's too difficult to achieve all the right conditions for a
successful backgame. Timing is a key factor, and one big double might
wreck the backgame player's timing for good. Also, when your backgame
doesn't work, you generally get gammoned. If you win, say, 65% of your
backgames, but get gammoned the other 35%, you're behind.
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