Backgammon – Three Main Strategies
March 17th, 2020 by Claudia

In exceptionally simple terms, there are three basic strategies used. You want to be able to hop between techniques almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you can achieve, to barricade in your opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace inbetween your eleven-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your opposer rolls an early two and moves one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time difficulty considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or higher pieces in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a position filled by at a minimum two of your pieces.) It would be used when you are decidedly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are close to your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is important for a competent backgame: besides, there is no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this straight away, while your opponent is moving their pieces home, taking into account that you do not have any other spare pieces to shift! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to attempt and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

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