Backgammon – Three Basic Plans
November 7th, 2009 by Claudia
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In very general terms, there are 3 chief game plans employed. You need to be able to switch game plans instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you can achieve, to barricade in your competitor’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable course of action at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your competitor tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one 8/3 eight/three. Your challenger is now in serious calamity since they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more checkers in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least two of your pieces.) It would be played when you are significantly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are near your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is integral for an effective backgame: besides, there’s no reason having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break up this straight away, while your challenger is shifting their checkers home, taking into account that you don’t have any other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it is more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it may be an excellent idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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