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Backgammon Basics 7: Using the Doubling Cube

Bill Robertie

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Bill Robertie << read more about this coach >>

Published on Jan 01, 10

Using the Doubling Cube: In this episode, we’ll start to look at how to use the doubling cube properly. Knowing when to offer a double and when to take a double is one of the key skills in playing backgammon well, and probably the hardest skill for beginners to master. We’ll see when to double and when to take in bearoffs, races, blitzes, and some typical middle game positions. We’ll see how to do a pip count, we’ll learn how to use the 8-9-12 rule in races, and we’ll learn some simple criteria for offering powerful doubles in middle game positions. When we’re done, you’ll have a much better grasp of how to use the cube to put pressure on your opponents and win more money from your good positions.

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