Backgammon – Three General Techniques

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In exceptionally general terms, there are three basic techniques used. You want to be agile enough to hop between strategies instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you can manage, to block in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable procedure at the begining of the game. You can build the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your challenger rolls an early 2 and moves one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your competitor is then in big-time calamity considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or higher anchors in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It would be played when you are significantly behind as it much improves your opportunities. The best locations for anchors are near your opponent’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for an effectual backgame: after all, there is no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your challenger is getting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have any other extra checkers to move! In this case, it’s more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position until your challenger provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to hit them in this situation!

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