2 point Blitz (5): 2 back each – 1 point Made

24th April 2016 Posted in Backgammon Strategy, Cube, Reference Positions by

This article is the 5th part of my 2 point blitz series.  In Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, I looked at 2 point blitz boards, when the potential blitzer has made his 5, 4, 3 and 2  points, respectively. 

Black’s Position is the starting position in all Positions, which makes one side of the board easy to remember.  So, I will count the checkers in the range (ie on white’s side of the board).  I refer to the number of checkers on white’s side of the board as “checkers in the range”.  The idea is to get a list of numbers at the end of this series of reference positions.

In the current article, I look at the number of checkers in the range that is required for the correct cube action to be Double/Take and Double/Pass, when white has made his 2 point.

The situation, where white has made his 1 point,  is different from all other 2 point blitz positions for the following 2 main reasons:

  • White cannot play a priming game
  • Black’s back checker that is in white’s home board is under direct threat from white’s spares

Let’s see how this position compares with previous positions in this series of articles.


Position 1 First Cube

11 Checkers in the range

Backgammon Blitz 1pt 1


Position 2 First Pass

11 Checkers in the range + a back checker that has almost escaped

Backgammon Blitz 1pt 2


We start to run out of checkers to bring down from white’s 13 point.  I am counting the checker that has almost escaped as 1.  There is a bit of guesswork or estimation in assigning this value.  However, it is obviously more advantageous than a split checker within black’s home board.  This brings the total count for a Double and a Pass to 12.



11 Checkers in the range plus split back checkers is a Double and a Take.

11 Checkers in the range plus a back checker almost escaped is a Double and a Pass.  I count this as 12.


So, this is our final set of numbers.  They are not too difficult to remember.  The numbers in the Double/Take list follow a linear pattern with 0.5 steps starting from 9, when the 5 point is made.  The numbers in the Double/Pass list don’t really follow a pattern.  However, the gap between Double/Take and Double/Pass is always 1 or 1.5 checkers.


Table 1  2 point Blitz Positions: Cube Action

Second Board PointDouble/Take
Checkers in Range
Checkers in Range
5 pt910
4 pt9.511
3 pt1011.5
2 pt10.512
1 pt1112


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