How To Minimize Loss Or Prevent a Gammon Loss

When all else fails how do we minimize loss? Let's say no matter how hard you tried everything just didn't go your way. You still have checkers stuck in your opponent's home board and your opponent is ready to bear off. How do we minimize loss? We'll discuss some principles we can apply to minimize loss and ultimately prevent a gammon loss.

The situation we've just presented is a good candidate for a worse case scenario. There'll come a time when we will be in a tight spot and the only thing we can ever do is to minimize loss in game. There may even be a time that in order to minimize loss we would have to prevent a gammon loss. Remember that to prevent a gammon loss we only need to bear off one checker before your opponent bears off all his checkers.

When we try to minimize loss we have to abide by set principles to maximize our moves and prevent a gammon loss. Keep in mind that our objective is to bear off at least one checker to prevent a gammon loss.

The principle we need to keep in mind is to avoid wastage to minimize loss. This is paramount if we are to minimize loss. Time is no longer on our side when things go wrong. We could be way behind in the pip count and having wastage makes it harder to minimize loss. Foremost in our concerns should be to avoid wasting pips.

Now how do we do that? First of all we should avoid stacking. When we have a chance to pick next moves, pick the ones that don't make your checkers stack on one point. Stacking adds to wastage and makes it harder to minimize loss. Instead of stacking checkers move the stragglers into the home board. That way we avoid wastage and minimize loss.

That'll be our next principle when trying to minimize loss. To prevent a gammon loss we need to maximize on movement with every result in the dice roll that comes up. One way we can do this is to make sure we make as many crossovers given the numbers that come up on the dice roll. To minimize loss, select the move that will make as much crossovers. Our prime objective to minimize a loss in a game is to rally all our checkers into the home board.

All we need to do to minimize loss and prevent a gammon loss is to bear off one checker, right? Well, the fact is we can bear off checkers once all our men are inside the home board. It doesn't matter where exactly in the home board they're placed as long as they are in the home board. Do that and you minimize loss because you'll be in striking distance to bear off any checker even on the six point.

Remember that to minimize loss and prevent a gammon loss all we need to do is to bear off one checker before our opponent bears off all of his. Avoiding wastage by making as much crossovers as we can, avoid stacking, and getting our men at least to the six point would be the key principles to minimize loss in a game.

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