Backgammon – Three General Schemes
April 6th, 2017 by Claudia

In astonishingly simple terms, there are three basic game plans used. You must be able to switch techniques almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you are able to achieve, to barricade in your opponent’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most acceptable course of action at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. e.g., if your opponent rolls an early two and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play six/one 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your competitor is then in serious trouble considering that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or more pieces in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position filled by at a minimum two of your pieces.) It should be played when you are decidedly behind as this action much improves your opportunities. The best locations for anchors are towards your opponent’s lower points and either on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is essential for a powerful backgame: besides, 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 up this right away, while your competitor is getting their pieces home, considering that you do not have any other spare pieces to move! In this case, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to attempt and get your opposer to get them in this case!

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