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This question came up on rec.games.backgammon.
Is there a moneyplay position for which three different checker plays are
best, depending on the three possible locations of the cube? Positions
where the player should have doubled before rolling don't count.


Nack Ballard writes:
Maybe there is a bearoff position(s) on the Sconyers database that works.
However, here's a middle game possibility I discovered while fiddling
around:
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
++++++++++++++
 O O   O X X O O 
 O O   O O O 
 O   
  X  
   
   
   
  O  
   X 
 X   X X X 
 X X X O O   X X X O X 
++++++++++++++
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
X to play 11.
According to XG2 4ply evaluations:
Cube Position

Play X's side Center O's side
   
bar/24, 12/11, 5/4, 3/2* (0.016) (whopper) BEST
bar/24, 5/4, 3/2*/1 (0.024) BEST (whopper)
bar/24, 10/8*/7* BEST (0.078) (0.008)
bar/24, 21/20, 5/4, 3/2* (0.041) (whopper) (0.014)
For example, bar/24, 12/11, 5/4, 3/2* is the best play when O owns the
cube, a slight error when X owns the cube, and a whopper when the cube is
centered.




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