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Boot Camp Time

Mastering the middle game


Position 7-4 from "Backgammon Boot Camp" by Walter Trice

XG skin design by Rain


This position comes from Walter Trice’s ‘Backgammon Boot Camp’. It’s not a puzzle position as such - it’s not meant to be sneaky or really difficult to work out (are these weekly problems ever sneaky or super-difficult?). It’s just a position to check that you’re comfortable with priorities during the always-important middle game.

Here you need to run your back checkers, clean up your blots, strengthen your inner board, and prevent White from anchoring. So what’s urgent and what’s not. What needs to happen now and what can wait.

With two on the bar you can afford to play pretty freely with blots. The absolute top priority is preventing White from anchoring, and getting ammunition into range to build your board. The right play to achieve that is 13/9 13/10. If White rolls a 4 then you’ll want to switch track and start tidying your blots, but that’s not your task this move.

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