Backgammon – Three Basic Schemes
November 3rd, 2009 by Princess
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In astonishingly general terms, there are three basic game plans employed. You need to be agile enough to hop between techniques almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you can manage, to barricade in the opponent’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable strategy at the start of the match. You can build the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This involves locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your competitor tosses an early 2 and moves one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your challenger is now in big-time calamity due to the fact that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have 2 or higher pieces in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position occupied by at least 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be used when you are extremely behind as it greatly improves your chances. The better areas for anchors are near your opponent’s smaller points and either on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is integral for an effectual backgame: besides, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break down this straight away, while your opponent is moving their checkers home, seeing that you don’t have other additional pieces to move! In this situation, it’s more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your opposer gives you a chance to hit, so it may be a good idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this situation!

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