Backgammon – Three General Techniques
November 18th, 2022 by Claudia

In very general terms, there are 3 basic techniques used. You need to be agile enough to switch strategies quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you are able to achieve, to block in your competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable procedure at the start 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 locking your home board as fast as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. For example, if your challenger rolls an early two and moves one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play six/one six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is then in serious dire straits considering that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or more checkers in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It must be played when you are extremely behind as this action much improves your circumstances. The better locations for anchor spots are towards your competitor’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with a single point separating them. Timing is integral for an effective backgame: besides, there is no point having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break up this right away, while your competitor is shifting their checkers home, taking into account that you do not have any other additional pieces to shift! In this situation, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you can 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 opponent to get them in this situation!

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