Backgammon – 3 General Strategies

In exceptionally general terms, there are three general plans used. You need to be able to hop between strategies quickly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of creating a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you are able to manage, to block in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable tactic at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opponent tosses an early two and shifts 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 challenger is then in big-time calamity considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a point occupied by at least 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be employed when you are decidedly behind as this action greatly improves your circumstances. The strongest places for anchors are towards your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is crucial for a competent backgame: besides, there is no reason having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this straight away, while your opponent is moving their checkers home, seeing that you don’t have any other additional checkers to move! In this case, it’s more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position up until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a good idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this situation!

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