Two Favorite Plays for the Two-One Opening Roll

Two Favorite Plays for the Two-One Opening Roll

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The two-one opening roll in backgammon is one very interesting opening roll to discuss. A lot has been said about it and it has been a point of argument among many backgammon players. The two most popular plays for the two-one opening roll are 13/11 - 6/5 and 24/23 - 13/11.

We'll check out the principle behind these opening plays for the two-one opening roll in backgammon. We'll also tell you what each move offers in terms of strategy during a backgammon game. Sure enough, players have changed their minds over and over regarding which play is better to use on a two-one opening roll.

We'll start with what's common between these two plays for the two-one backgammon opening roll. You'll notice that both plays make a 13/11 move. The reason behind this move in backgammon is pretty obvious. We take a checker from the mid-point (i.e. the 13-point) and move it to the 11-point.

This is a pretty strategic play in backgammon. Yes, we're making a blot. But this blot will be very hard to hit (unless of course you're playing against the luckiest man on earth). Your opponent will only have one opportunity to hit this blot, and that is to roll a six-four.

The 11-point on the backgammon board is significant for a couple of strategic reasons. First is that it acts a builder to make an effective blocking point in succeeding rolls in your backgammon game. Second, in case your opponent tries to escape a back checker, it improves your coverage of the outer board and gives you a better chance to hit the escapee. Pretty good reasons why this move is preferred by a lot of backgammon players.

Let's now deal with the differences between the two backgammon moves. The 24/23 obviously splits your back men. The idea behind this move is to improve both sides of the backgammon board. It would increase your opportunities to make an advanced anchor (pretty important piece of strategy in backgammon). This also in a way improves your coverage of your opponent's outer board. When your opponent brings some checkers down from the mid-point or perhaps place a builder on the five-point, they become easy targets.

The slotting play of the 6/5 move for the two-one backgammon opening roll takes a more offensive stance. Most backgammon beginners don't make this move, as they try to avoid risks. Intermediate and advanced backgammon players prefer making this move in spite of the risk.

Since it's really early in the game they can always find ways to recover, but if their checker doesn't get hit it opens a world of possibilities for their backgammon strategy. The blot is easily covered by getting a six, three, one, and double fours on the dice after the play on the two-one opening roll. A probability of 28 out of 36. Securing the five-point makes a great improvement to your backgammon strategy.

These are the two most popular plays for the two-one backgammon opening roll. Try them both and see which one you'll favor. Understanding the principles behind each play helps you make up your mind and pushes your game forward.

   

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