Position 73, page 155
From The Backgammon Book, by Oswald Jacoby and John R. Crawford

White to play 5-2.

We how have some pretty good possible return rolls but come up with 5-2 and can find no better play than to use our two remaining men on the black twelve point to make our eleven point and reinforce our eight point. Black now has a good moment to double us, and we should refuse. We are not going to be able to maintain our back position, and we should therefore take our one-unit loss and get on to the next game.

Could we have played that 5-2 in some way that would leave ourselves in a good enough position to accept the double? Yes!

We could have made the insane-looking play of moving a man from the black twelve point to the white eight point and a man from the white six point to the white four point.

In so doing, we are making it very hard for black to get around the board without hitting a blot and thus giving us the back game we’ve been trying for. We are also starting to make another point on our inner board and, while we may wind up being gammoned, we now also have an excellent chance of pulling the game out of the fire.

As we mentioned, you’ll find that this is standard with almost all back games. You either win the game or wind up being gammoned.

13/11, 13/8
13/8, 6/4  *
8/3, 6/4 x
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5-2: Game BG   Equity
1 8/3, 6/4 W
−0.7963 x 
2 11/4 W
−0.8591 (0.0628) 
3 11/9, 8/3 W
−0.8790 (0.0827) 
4 13/11, 13/8 W
−0.9195 (0.1232) 
5 13/8, 6/4 W
−0.9347 (0.1384)  *

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