Monte Carlo

This position is taken from Steiger (Red) versus Magriel (White) at Monte Carlo 1985.

Small Margins

This is a tricky position. I think if you play on automatic you will choose 24/22, 16/11.

Pick a Game Plan

Small numbers often cause a problem in backgammon because they give you so much choice.

Fundamental Tactics

One of the fundamental backgammon tactics is this: “attack a lone rear checker, prime an anchor”.

Run or Prime?

A simple question: do you close the home board or run out with one checker to avoid crashing with small numbers on subsequent rolls?

Complex Containment

In this position Red has to balance making new points with an element of safety.