Backgammon – Three General Strategies

In astonishingly simple terms, there are 3 fundamental plans employed. You need to be able to switch tactics quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you can manage, to block in the opponent’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most acceptable course of action at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your opponent tosses an early 2 and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is then in serious difficulty because they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at least 2 of your pieces.) It should be employed when you are significantly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The best locations for anchors are near your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjoining points or with one point separating them. Timing is integral for a powerful backgame: after all, there’s no point having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break apart this right away, while your challenger is shifting their pieces home, because you don’t have any other spare pieces to shift! In this case, it’s better to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position until your challenger provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your competitor to get them in this case!

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