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Replying Using Backgammon Double Rolls

Replying to the opening moves in backgammon is somewhat more difficult since you'll be dealing not only with 15 of the opening rolls but with the rest of the possible combinations you can get on two dice. Though the task certainly is more mind boggling replying sometimes is easier on you and gives you more options in backgammon.

One very interesting part about replying to the opening moves is getting doubles. Rolling doubles early in the game gives you a huge lead in backgammon. You not only get to take the lead you also have the opportunity to make blocking points using your double. Another benefit from rolling doubles in the early stages of a game is being able to move your back checkers forward in complete safety.

We shall enumerate the doubles we can roll on two dice. We will also see how effective such rolls are as replies to the opening roll. The recommended moves for each of the double rolls will also be mentioned. Knowing the best moves for each of the double rolls adds strength to your overall backgammon strategy.

Let us begin with the 1-1 double as a reply to the opening. It might not seem much but there is a lot of opportunity for this in backgammon. This double roll lets you make your five point on the home board. If it is possible then you should take it. But if your opponent leaves a blot on your four-point then you should use half to hit the blot and half of the double roll to cover.

Next we have the 2-2 double roll. Given this double roll you should make your four-point (since making a point on your home board is a pretty strong move) and your 11-point. Another option is to hit a blot on the opposing home board (i.e. your opponent's five-point) if the opportunity presents itself.

The half of a 3-3 double roll should be used to hit if you have a chance to do so. But generally you should just make the 10-point and the 21-point if you can't hit.

The 4-4 double roll in backgammon is identical to the 3-3 double roll. Hit and cover when you can if not then you should play 24/20 (2) for the 20-point and 13/9 (2) for the nine-point.

The 5-5 double roll lets you play aggressively. If your opponent goes for a split play opening start hitting and make two home board points. If that option isn't available then play 13/3 (2) for the three-point.

The 6-6 double roll should be used to make both bar points in backgammon. If one bar point isn't available just go for the other and make your two-point by 8/2 (2).

These are the correct moves when replying to the opening rolls and getting doubles. Making double rolls as a reply lets you take the lead take strategic positions in backgammon.

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