I am working hard to remember all of the second roll responses. This has been on my to-do list for about 4 years so it is about time that I actually did it. I am definitely going to have them perfected in time for the London Open.
There are a number of reasons for memorising the 2nd roll responses. I think that the three most important of these are:
- The opening rolls happen a lot – if you are making even small mistakes then they will add up;
- Learning how the responses change due to small changes in the position develops positional awareness;
- The opening responses form a body of reference positions that can inform the rest of your checker play.
As part of my learning I recently tested myself on 609 opening responses (29 common ways of playing the opening roll multiplied by the 21 possible reply rolls).