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It probably won't surprise top players that it is wrong to simply bring both checkers in.  In recent years the bots have taught us to fill an open 6, 5, or 4 point instead of bringing in that last checker.  But it's good to have this reminder, and for those of you who didn't know this principle, this position illustrates it in a big way.

Even experienced players might be surprised at just how big a blunder it is to bring both in.  As you can see below, ROLLED OUT, it's a 9% error.  You actually win 5% fewer games with that play.  This is not a trivial number.

By the way, generally it is right to fill a hole on the 6, 5, and 4, but not so if the hole is on a lower point...just bring the checkers in.


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