Backgammon – Three Main Strategies
October 20th, 2015 by Claudia
[ English ]

In exceptionally simple terms, there are three fundamental tactics used. You must be able to switch strategies quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as deep as you are able to achieve, to barricade in the competitor’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the game. You can build the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your competitor tosses an early 2 and shifts one checker from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play six/one six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is then in big-time trouble since they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a point filled by at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It should be played when you are extremely behind as it greatly improves your circumstances. The better places for anchors are towards your competitor’s lower points and either on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is essential for an effective backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break down this right away, while your challenger is shifting their checkers home, because you don’t have any other extra pieces to move! In this case, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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