The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 1
January 2nd, 2020 by Claudia

The goal of a Backgammon match is to shift your pieces around the Backgammon board and get them from the board faster than your competitor who works just as hard to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a round in Backgammon requires both strategy and fortune. How far you can move your pieces is up to the numbers from tossing a pair of dice, and how you move your chips are determined by your overall playing techniques. Players use differing tactics in the different stages of a game based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The goal of the Running Game strategy is to lure all your chips into your inside board and bear them off as quickly as you can. This strategy concentrates on the speed of advancing your checkers with no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s checkers. The ideal scenario to employ this strategy is when you believe you might be able to shift your own pieces quicker than your opponent does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your competitor’s checkers; or 3) your opposing player doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The main goal of the blocking strategy, by the name, is to block your opponent’s chips, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your pieces quickly. Once you’ve established the blockage for the competitor’s movement with a few pieces, you can shift your other checkers swiftly off the game board. The player should also have a clear strategy when to back off and move the chips that you utilized for blocking. The game becomes intriguing when your opponent uses the same blocking technique.

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