It's Christmas Quiz Time. Let me say straight away that I didn't compose this quiz. I have lifted it straight out of the May 1990 edition of Chicago Point. It was compiled by Bill Davis and Danny Kleinman and given at the 1990 Midwest Championships, for a $25 entry fee. A stellar list of entrants was topped by Jake Jacobs who scored 6 out of 10, so we may assume that this is a tough quiz! They were restricted to 20 minutes, you can have as long as you like. There will be a prize!
Thank you to Chicago Point , then as now a prime source of backgammon information and it's editor Bill Davis, whose contribution to our wonderful game over all these years is incalculable.
In every position, Black is on roll. You can assume that you are playing an equally strong opponent to yourself. Five positions today, five tomorrow.
Position One. It's a 9 point match and Black holding the cube leads White 6-2. What's the correct cube action for both sides?
Position Two. Money game, Black to play 3-1.
Position Three. It's DMP, how should Black play his 1-1?
Position Four. It's a 7 point match, White leads 5-2 What's the correct cube action for both sides?
Position Five, money game, Black to play 1-1.
An interesting feature of this quiz is that it was composed at a time when bots were in their infancy. The best available was Tom Johnston's Expert Backgammon, a weakling compared to today's heavyweights but a remarkable program for it's time, particularly considering that it was the work of one man. In their answers Bill declared that only positions 6 and 10 were at all debatable, but ExtremeGammon has something to say about that, as we will see. Nevertheless, kudos to both men for an excellent quiz.
Post your answers to these five in the comments section please and I'll put up the next five tomorrow.
Oh yes, what is the prize? The winner will receive a backgammon book! Don't get too excited, it's minute and almost valueless, but it is very old and very cute and will look well on your trophy shelf.
Enjoy the game!