Backgammon – Three Basic Techniques
January 13th, 2024 by Claudia

In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three general techniques used. You must be agile enough to switch strategies almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at a minimum as deep as you are able to manage, to lock in the competitor’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace inbetween your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as fast as possible while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opposer rolls an early 2 and shifts one checker from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 8/3. Your competitor is then in serious calamity considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It must be played when you are significantly behind as it much improves your opportunities. The best areas for anchors are close to your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with one point separating them. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: besides, there is no point having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to dismantle this straight away, while your challenger is shifting their checkers home, considering that you don’t have any other extra pieces to shift! In this case, it’s more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your competitor gives you a chance to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to attempt and get your challenger to hit them in this case!

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