The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1
January 18th, 2020 by Claudia
[ English ]

The objective of a Backgammon match is to move your checkers around the Backgammon board and bear those pieces off the game board faster than your opposing player who works harder to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a match of Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. How far you will be able to move your pieces is up to the numbers from tossing a pair of dice, and the way you move your pieces are determined by your overall playing plans. Players use different plans in the different stages of a match dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The goal of the Running Game plan is to entice all your pieces into your home board and bear them off as quickly as you can. This technique concentrates on the pace of shifting your pieces with little or no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s chips. The best time to employ this tactic is when you think you might be able to move your own chips faster than your opposing player does: when 1) you have less chips on the game board; 2) all your checkers have past your opponent’s chips; or 3) the opponent doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The main aim of the blocking strategy, by the title, is to block the competitor’s chips, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your chips quickly. After you have established the blockage for the competitor’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can move your other chips swiftly off the game board. You will need to also have a clear strategy when to back off and move the chips that you utilized for the blockade. The game gets interesting when the opposition utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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