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    Basic Backgammon Strategy - Indirect and Direct Shots

    December 21, 2016

    In this short video clip, the difference between indirect and directs shots is explained, and why leaving indirect shots is preferable over direct shots.

    Video transcript:

    A direct shot is a blot that is six pips or less away from an opposing checker. The number needed to hit the blot can show on either die, or as a combination of both dice.

    In this example, red has a direct shot, needing a three to hit the white checker on the twenty-one point. 6-3, 5-3, 4-3, 3-3, 3-2 and 3-1 all hit, as well as 2-1 and 1-1.

    When the number needed to hit a blot is seven or more pips away, it is called an indirect shot. A specific combination of both dice is required to hit.

    In this example, white's blot is eight pips in front of red's pieces on the twenty-four point. Only a combination of both of dice can hit the blot: 6-2, 4-4 and 2-2. 5-3 does not hit because neither the five or three can be played legally from the twenty-four point.

    A direct shot is much more likely to be hit than an indirect shot. In general, avoid leaving pieces exposed needlessly, and if you need to leave a piece exposed, leave an indirect shot in preference to a direct shot. You will be hit less often.

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