x

You’ve reached your limit of free articles for this month.
Get unlimited access to The National Herald,
starting as low as $7.99/month for digital subscription & $5.99/month for a delivery by mail subscription

Columnists

Tavli Talk

Your chips are the darker color. Your opponent Sam opened the game by rolling 4-3 and playing 12-19, as shown in Figure 1.

You roll double 6s. How should you play it?

Almost everyone would tell you to play (2) 24-18 and (2) 13-7. I used to play that way for years too, but lately I’ve been having better luck with 24-18 and (3) 13-7, as shown in Figure 2. That way, I bring down an extra builder chip that I can use to make doors inside my Home Quadrant and still preserve the door on my 7-point. And if Sam hits my lone chip on my 18-point, who cares? He doesn’t have much of a defense going on and I can easily jump right back in the game.

For more backgammon tips, read Constantinos Scaros’ book Play Fearless Backgammon!, available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats on amazon.com.

Figure 1.
Figure 2.

RELATED

My name is Charles Robbins, the chief correspondent of the Chicago Daily Tribune in Constantinople.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.