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Bearing Off Answer

Here are comments by Perry Gartner:

A very easy play to make if you understand the concept. Against the 2-3 you want to minimize rolls you are forced to play to the one point from your inner board as a result of having checkers still to bring in from your outer points, namely the 7 and 8 in this position. You want as many checkers as you can get on the 6-5-4, and not the 1. A candidate play is to put another checker on the 7 point which means you will be more likely to play checkers to the 1 from the inner board, than if you come in from the 7. You are going to leave a shot earlier when you have less builders on your inner points. That's why this play is a big loser. . Look at the position when you clear the 8 and you have 3 on the 7. Notice your 6's go to the ace and 4's and 5's must play to the ace from your inner board. Usually you want to play these number off unless or have the option of clearing the further most point and even then it maybe right to play off( once all are in).
The 6 point is the most flexible point now and when you come in as it plays more numbers than any other point. You hate to strip it now and the configuration of 6-7-8 stripped is what happens when you play 6 to 5. Slowing the clearing of the 7 favors white to improve in the meantime and stripping the 6 leads to earlier and later shots.
Another consideration here is the weakness of white's inner board. Bringing one in speeds the bearing in process at a better time than waiting.



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