The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

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The goal of a Backgammon match is to shift your checkers around the game board and pull those pieces from the board quicker than your challenger who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. Just how far you will be able to shift your pieces is up to the numbers from rolling the dice, and how you shift your chips are determined by your overall playing techniques. Players use a few tactics in the differing stages of a game dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The aim of the Running Game strategy is to entice all your pieces into your inner board and pull them off as fast as you could. This strategy focuses on the speed of moving your chips with no efforts to hit or barricade your opponent’s checkers. The best scenario to employ this technique is when you believe you can move your own pieces faster than the opposition does: when 1) you have less checkers on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your opponent’s chips; or 3) the opposing player does not employ the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The main goal of the blocking plan, by the name, is to block your competitor’s checkers, temporarily, while not fretting about moving your pieces rapidly. Once you’ve established the blockade for your opponent’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can move your other pieces swiftly off the board. You will need to also have a good plan when to back off and move the checkers that you employed for the blockade. The game becomes intriguing when your competitor uses the same blocking strategy.

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