Backgammon – Three General Strategies

In exceptionally simple terms, there are three fundamental techniques used. You want to be able to hop between tactics quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you can achieve, to block in your competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most acceptable course of action at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your opponent rolls an early two and moves one checker from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you can play 6/1 six/one eight/three eight/three. Your competitor is then in serious trouble considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position occupied by at a minimum two of your pieces.) It needs to be employed when you are extremely behind as it greatly improves your opportunities. The better places for anchors are towards your opponent’s lower points and either on abutting points or with one point in between. Timing is critical for a competent backgame: besides, there’s no reason having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this right away, while your opponent is moving their pieces home, owing to the fact that you do not have other spare pieces to move! In this situation, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this case!

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