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 Bearing off question

 From: Colin Wiel Address: colin@milo.com Date: 12 July 2000 Subject: Rules Question: Bearing Off Forum: rec.games.backgammon Google: smq8251vnd668@corp.supernews.com

```I am x, and I am almost done bearing off, with the following board:

|o o o o o o| |. . . . . o|
|o o o o o o| |           |
|          o| |           |
|           | |           |
|           | |           |
|           | |           |
|           | |           |
|           | |           |
|           | |           |
|  x        | |           |
|o x . x . .| |. . . . . .|

I roll a 4-1.  In order not to leave a piece open, I want to move the piece
on the 4-spot to the 3-spot (using up my 1), then move that piece off
(using up my 4).  My opponent claims that that is illegal, and that I need
to move the maximum number of points possible, moving the man on the 4-spot
off, then moving a 1 from the 2-spot to the 1 spot, bumping his piece (and
thus giving him the chance to bump me back).  Who is right?

Thanks,

- Colin
```

 Pollax  writes: ```You most definitely are Colin - you can play either number first as long as you eventually play both. If only one can be played then it must be the higher of the two. ```

 Dave Slayton  writes: ```yes, totally legal....it LOOKS illegal cuz it "wastes" pips...but there's nothing in the rules that says you must squeeze every pip possible out of each roll, only that you move men for each die if you possibly can...but there is no restriction on which of them you move first... ```

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