The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part One
September 2nd, 2015 by Princess

The objective of a Backgammon game is to shift your chips around the Backgammon board and get them off the board quicker than your competitor who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. How far you can shift your chips is up to the numbers from tossing a pair of dice, and the way you shift your checkers are determined by your overall playing strategies. Players use a number of plans in the differing stages of a match depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Technique

The goal of the Running Game technique is to lure all your pieces into your inner board and pull them off as quick as you can. This tactic focuses on the speed of shifting your checkers with little or no efforts to hit or block your opponent’s chips. The best time to employ this plan is when you think you can move your own checkers a lot faster than the opposing player does: when 1) you have a fewer chips on the board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your opponent’s chips; or 3) your opponent doesn’t use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The main goal of the blocking tactic, by the title, is to stop the opponent’s checkers, temporarily, while not worrying about shifting your pieces rapidly. As soon as you have established the blockade for the competitor’s movement with a few chips, you can shift your other chips quickly off the game board. You will need to also have a good strategy when to back off and shift the chips that you used for blocking. The game gets intriguing when your competitor uses the same blocking strategy.

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