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Nackgammon opening moves

From:   Warwick
Date:   16 February 2002
Subject:   Re: ideal opening moves
Google:   dwgb8.666$

I wouldn't mind knowing if anyone has compiled a list of opening moves for
nackgammon.  I find myself dithering at the start sometimes wheras in bg i
know exactly what to do with the opening rolls.


Gregg Cattanach  writes:

I did these Snowie rollouts way back when and came up with these results.
(These are all assuming money game with Jacoby rule:)

First the easy ones:

65: 24/18 23/18
61: 13/7 8/7
43: 24/20 23/20
42: 8/4 6/4
31: 8/5 6/5

Now the tricky ones:

64: 24/14 with 24/18 24/20 a close second.
63: 24/15 with 24/18 23/20 a close second.
62: 23/15 with 24/18 13/11 and 24/18 23/21 tied for second.
54: 24/20 13/8
53: 23/20 13/8
52: 23/21 13/8 and 24/22 13/8 and 24/22 23/18 all tied for first.
51: 24/18 and 23/22 13/8 tied for first.
41: 23/18 with 24/20 23/22 and 13/8 tied for second.
21: 23/20 and 24/22 23/22 tied for first, 23/21 23/22 a close second.

As you can see, unless you can make a good home board point, (the 3 point
doesn't count), all the action is concerned with making or setting up to
make advanced anchor, and reinforcing the 8 point is also useful.  The
double-split plays (that leave 4 blots on his side of the board) are not
as dangerous as they look, because with only 7 checkers in the attack zone,
any immediate attempt to blitz is almost always doomed to failure.  I like
the double split plays against inexperienced players, because they almost
always find some play that hits two checkers, and overextend themselves
immediately in a fruitless attempt to conduct a blitz.

Make that advanced anchor first, then worry about offense!

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