The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

The aim of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the game board and get those pieces from the game board quicker than your competitor who works just as hard to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a round of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. How far you will be able to move your pieces is up to the numbers from rolling the dice, and the way you move your chips are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Players use differing strategies in the differing stages of a game dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The goal of the Running Game technique is to bring all your checkers into your inner board and pull them off as fast as you can. This strategy focuses on the pace of moving your chips with little or no efforts to hit or stop your competitor’s chips. The best scenario to use this tactic is when you think you might be able to move your own pieces a lot faster than the opposing player does: when 1) you have a fewer chips on the board; 2) all your chips have past your opponent’s checkers; or 3) the opposing player doesn’t use the hitting or blocking technique.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The main aim of the blocking technique, by its name, is to stop your competitor’s chips, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your checkers rapidly. As soon as you’ve created the barrier for the competitor’s movement with a few checkers, you can shift your other pieces swiftly off the game board. You will need to also have a clear plan when to back off and shift the pieces that you employed for the blockade. The game gets intriguing when the opponent uses the same blocking technique.

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