Position 44, page 127
From The Backgammon Book, by Oswald Jacoby and John R. Crawford

Should White
double to 2?

In a gambling game your position is now good enough to warrant your doubling the stakes, and black would be wise to refuse and start a new game. The reason you would double him here is that you prefer a bird in the hand to two in the bush. You are giving up a possible gammon — but getting that bird in hand. Furthermore, there is always a chance that a desperate black may accept your double on the basis of the anchor he holds on your one point. This anchor means that no matter how badly the next several rolls may treat him, black will still have the possibility of getting a shot at you toward the end that might win the game for him.


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