The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part One

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The aim of a Backgammon match is to shift your chips around the Backgammon board and get those pieces off the game board faster than your opponent who works harder to do the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and fortune. How far you will be able to shift your chips is up to the numbers from tossing a pair of dice, and how you shift your chips are determined by your overall playing techniques. Players use a number of techniques in the different stages of a match depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Plan

The aim of the Running Game technique is to lure all your checkers into your inner board and bear them off as quick as you can. This technique concentrates on the pace of advancing your chips with absolutely no efforts to hit or barricade your opponent’s pieces. The ideal scenario to use this plan is when you believe you might be able to move your own checkers quicker than your opposition does: when 1) you have a fewer pieces on the board; 2) all your pieces have moved beyond your opponent’s checkers; or 3) the opposing player does not use the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Plan

The main goal of the blocking technique, by its name, is to block the competitor’s chips, temporarily, while not worrying about shifting your pieces quickly. Once you’ve created the barrier for the competitor’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can shift your other pieces rapidly off the game board. The player should also have a clear strategy when to extract and shift the checkers that you used for blocking. The game gets intriguing when the opponent utilizes the same blocking tactic.

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