Originally published in Bluff Magazine- reproduced with thanks
When working out what the best chequer play is and when to raise or accept a higher stake in a game of backgammon, the process of analysis can be similar to poker. Certain plays can be trivial. With complexity, an ordinary style of play can result in being too passive, and that can lead to blunders!
An astute and cunning style of play can exploit weaknesses in an opponent, where there is high difficulty in plays which need to be assessed fully. The outcome can result in a “blunder play”, where a player has calculated that there is a reasonable chance of a blunder by his opponent.