The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

The objective of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the Backgammon board and get those pieces from the board faster than your opponent who works harder to do the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. Just how far you can move your checkers is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and just how you move your pieces are determined by your overall playing strategies. Enthusiasts use a number of plans in the different parts of a game depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The goal of the Running Game technique is to bring all your chips into your inner board and bear them off as quick as you can. This strategy concentrates on the speed of moving your pieces with absolutely no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s chips. The ideal scenario to employ this strategy is when you think you might be able to shift your own chips faster than the opposition does: when 1) you have less pieces on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your competitor’s chips; or 3) the opposing player doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The main goal of the blocking plan, by its title, is to block the competitor’s checkers, temporarily, not worrying about moving your checkers quickly. As soon as you’ve created the blockade for the competitor’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can move your other checkers rapidly from the game board. You will need to also have an apparent strategy when to back off and shift the checkers that you used for blocking. The game gets interesting when your opponent uses the same blocking strategy.

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