Backgammon – Three General Plans
September 25th, 2021 by Claudia

In extraordinarily simple terms, there are 3 basic strategies used. You need to be agile enough to hop between tactics quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you might achieve, to block in the opponent’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable procedure at the start of the match. You can build the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your competitor on the bar. i.e., if your competitor rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is now in big-time dire straits seeing that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor is a position occupied by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It must be employed when you are decidedly behind as this strategy much improves your circumstances. The better locations for anchor spots are near your opponent’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with a single point in between. Timing is essential for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there is no reason having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to dismantle this right away, while your challenger is shifting their checkers home, seeing that you don’t have any other spare checkers to move! In this case, it’s more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your opponent gives you a chance to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to attempt and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

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