The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

The objective of a Backgammon match is to shift your chips around the game board and bear them from the board faster than your opposing player who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a game of Backgammon requires both strategy and good luck. How far you will be able to shift your checkers is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and how you shift your chips are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Enthusiasts use a number of tactics in the differing parts of a match based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The aim of the Running Game strategy is to lure all your checkers into your home board and get them off as quickly as you could. This tactic focuses on the pace of moving your chips with absolutely no time spent to hit or block your competitor’s checkers. The best scenario to employ this tactic is when you believe you might be able to move your own checkers quicker than the opponent does: when 1) you have less chips on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your competitor’s pieces; or 3) your opponent doesn’t use the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Technique

The main aim of the blocking plan, by the name, is to stop your competitor’s chips, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your checkers rapidly. After you’ve created the blockage for your opponent’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can move your other pieces rapidly off the game board. The player should also have an apparent plan when to extract and move the pieces that you used for the blockade. The game gets interesting when your competitor uses the same blocking technique.

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