Backgammon – 3 Main Schemes
October 6th, 2015 by Claudia
[ English ]

In extraordinarily general terms, there are 3 main game plans employed. You must be able to hop between techniques quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you might manage, to block in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable procedure at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This involves closing your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your opponent tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you can play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time dire straits considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more checkers in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It would be employed when you are extremely behind as this action much improves your circumstances. The strongest places for anchors are towards your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is important for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break up this straight away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, considering that you do not have any other additional checkers to move! In this case, it’s more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your competitor gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be a good idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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