Backgammon – Three Main Techniques
April 27th, 2024 by Claudia

In very simple terms, there are 3 chief techniques employed. You want to be agile enough to switch tactics almost instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you can achieve, to barricade in the opponent’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the game. You can create the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This involves locking your home board as fast as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. For example, if your competitor rolls an early 2 and moves one piece 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 eight/three. Your opposer is then in big-time trouble taking into account that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more checkers in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at least two of your pieces.) It needs to be used when you are extremely behind as it greatly improves your chances. The best areas for anchor spots are close to your opponent’s lower points and either on abutting points or with a single point separating them. Timing is integral for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to dismantle this right away, while your challenger is getting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you do not have other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it is more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you might maintain your position up until your competitor gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a great idea to attempt and get your opponent to get them in this case!

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