Backgammon – 3 Main Techniques
Mar 18th, 2023 by Claudia

In very simple terms, there are 3 main techniques employed. You must be agile enough to switch tactics quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you might manage, to barricade in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable tactic at the start of the game. You can create the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your opposer tosses 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 6/1 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your opponent is now in big-time calamity taking into account 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 2 or higher checkers in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It needs to be played when you are extremely behind as this action greatly improves your circumstances. The best places for anchor spots are near your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having 2 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 moving their checkers home, seeing that you do not have other additional checkers to move! In this case, it’s more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position up till your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it can be a great idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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