Backgammon – Three General Schemes
May 18th, 2017 by Claudia

In extraordinarily general terms, there are three basic strategies used. You want to be agile enough to switch tactics quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of assembling a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you can achieve, to block in your opponent’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere inbetween your 11-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This consists of closing your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your competitor on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early two and moves 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 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is then in big-time trouble considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a point occupied by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It would be used when you are decidedly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The strongest areas for anchors are near your competitor’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with one point in between. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: after all, there is no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to dismantle this right away, while your competitor is moving their pieces home, because you don’t have other additional checkers to move! In this case, it’s more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your challenger gives you a chance to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this situation!

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