Backgammon – 3 General Plans
January 31st, 2024 by Claudia
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In astonishingly simple terms, there are three basic strategies used. You want to be able to switch tactics instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at a minimum as deep as you are able to achieve, to barricade in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. For example, if your competitor rolls an early 2 and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three eight/three. Your opposer is then in serious dire straits considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have two or higher anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be used when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your circumstances. The strongest locations for anchors are towards your opponent’s lower points and also on adjoining points or with one point in between. Timing is integral for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break apart this right away, while your challenger is getting their pieces home, considering that you don’t have any other additional pieces to shift! In this situation, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it can be a good idea to try and get your opponent to get them in this case!

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