Backgammon – 3 General Strategies
July 7th, 2020 by Claudia

In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 main tactics employed. You want to be agile enough to switch techniques quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you are able to manage, to block in your competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the match. You can build the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your opponent rolls an early two and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you will be able to play six/one six/one 8/3 8/3. Your opponent is now in serious trouble seeing that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or higher anchors in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It needs to be used when you are significantly behind as it much improves your opportunities. The best areas for anchor spots are near your competitor’s smaller points and either on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for an effectual backgame: after all, there’s no reason having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break apart this right away, while your challenger is shifting their pieces home, considering that you do not have other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be a great idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this case!

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