Backgammon Greedy Bear-Off Blunders to Avoid

In accordance with a backgammon greedy bear-off principle, we must take two checkers off if our roll permits it. This is generally advisable in most cases. But there are a few circumstances when bearing off just for the sake of taking two pieces out proves to be a blunder. So what situations fall under backgammon greedy bear-off blunders to avoid in a game?

Instances of backgammon bear-off blunders are significantly obvious when we have to work with over stacked points and gaps on our inner board to play with our low-numbered rolls. In those cases, the best move is to fill in these gaps and bring down pieces as evenly as possible in order to maximize subsequent rolls.

Let's say you have five pieces on your one-point, a piece on your two-point, three pieces on your three-point and one checker on your four-point. This would be a fairly workable setup with rolls of five or higher. But a roll of a four-two would show that the alternative is better than the greedy bear-off.

A greedy bear-off would take lone pieces on the two and four points off the board. Sorry to say but this would be a mistake and in this situation, burying the other checker is the best way to go about it. Hence, the correct play is to advance the piece from the four-point to the two-point and bear a piece from the high three-point off the board.

Another situation is when you have three or more checkers each on your one, three and five points. Gaps on your two and four points pose a problem when you roll even numbers because obviously, you won't be able take pieces off. Say you roll a two-three, would you take a piece from your five-point out or bring a piece each from your five-point to fill in both gaps?

Again, the backgammon greedy bear-off move of taking a piece from the five-point off is a blunder in this case. The correct move is to plug those gaps spot on. This way, on your subsequent roll, you can be sure that you'll be able to take pieces off the board.

Awkward positions on the inner board such as piled-on points and gaps can make players commit backgammon greedy bear-off blunders. And during these instances, it's better to bring a piece down to plug in a gap. That way, we'd be able to maximize our next roll and justifiably execute greedy backgammon bear-off moves to win the game.