Backgammon – Three General Strategies
September 20th, 2020 by Claudia

In very general terms, there are 3 fundamental strategies employed. You want to be able to switch strategies instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as deep as you might achieve, to barricade in your opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most acceptable strategy at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This involves closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your opponent tosses an early 2 and moves one checker from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a five-five, you can play six/one six/one 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is then in serious difficulty considering that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or more pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor is a point filled by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It would be employed when you are decidedly behind as this strategy greatly improves your opportunities. The best locations for anchor spots are close to your opponent’s lower points and also on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: besides, there’s no point having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break apart this straight away, while your challenger is shifting their pieces home, because you do not have other extra checkers to move! In this case, it is more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to try and get your challenger to get them in this case!

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