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The 13/9 13/8 Backgammon Opening Play

There are three candidate backgammon plays for the five-four opening roll. Each of these has their own approach to this opening roll in a backgammon game. Among the best options for this opening roll, doing a 13/9 13/8 play concentrates more on building home board points. Let's check out the advantages of doing 13/9 13/8 for an opening roll of five-four.

These are the three best plays for the five-four opening roll in backgammon. Doing a 24/15 early in the game will run one of your back checkers to the 15-point. A balanced approach to this opening roll is to do a 24/20 13/8 that splits your back checkers and brings down a builder from your mid-point. The 13/9 13/8 concentrates on building your home board by bringing down two builders from the 13-point.

The logic behind the 13/9 13/8 backgammon play is to place backgammon checkers in positions where they can best help with making home board points. Due to the relative position of your backgammon checkers, they are also poised to attack any opposing checker that slots your bar-point, four-point, or five-point.

Don't worry about the added spare checker on the eight-point on the backgammon board. With that added spare on the eight-point you can build a point on your home board and still pose a threat if ever your opponent plans to slot a key point on your home board.

Doing a 13/9 13/8 backgammon play in the opening roll gives you an excellent opportunity to take control of either your bar-point or your five-point. Both of these points add to your strategic position during a backgammon game. They are also necessary positions in case you want to set up a backgammon prime.

When you do the 13/9 13/8 building play, you add pressure on the scene taking place in your home board. Your opponent will have to postpone any plans of slotting any home board points at this stage of the backgammon game. Your opponent can't split back checkers right away. Safety then becomes a major issue for your opponent's back checkers in the early stages of a backgammon game.

Your checker on the nine-point is in an excellent position to build a home board point. That backgammon checker will work pretty well with the spares you already have on the six-point and the eight-point. An alternative is to cover your nine-point with another backgammon checker.

Doing a 13/9 13/8 concentrates on building points on your home board. This backgammon play adds pressure on your home board and effectively contains your opponent's runners.