Bray's Learning Curve

Each week, author Chris Bray lends his sharp insight and easy-to-understand analysis to help you improve your game. 

Chris is the author of multiple backgammon books, including Backgammon for Dummies, and is the backgammon columnist for The Times of London. 

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A New Puzzle Every Week

Every Monday Chris posts an interesting backgammon position on our Facebook page.  We encourage you to join in the lively discussion and return here to our website on Tuesdays to read his extended analysis. 

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This is a basic double five early blitz. Everybody should know the correct doubling actions both here and in many other closely related positions.

This type of position occurs frequently – White was happily bearing off and looking forward to two points when he left a shot and got hit.

Before the advent of the bots this roll would have been played bar/21*, 8/6 and nobody would have known that they were making a big error.