Backgammon – 3 Basic Schemes
October 19th, 2015 by Princess

In exceptionally general terms, there are three basic techniques used. You want to be able to switch techniques instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you are able to achieve, to lock in your opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anywhere within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your competitor tosses an early two and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 8/3. Your opposer is then in serious calamity considering that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position occupied by at least two of your checkers.) It needs to be used when you are significantly behind as this plan greatly improves your chances. The strongest areas for anchors are near your opponent’s lower points and either on adjoining points or with one point separating them. Timing is critical for an effectual backgame: besides, there is no reason having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break apart this right away, while your challenger is getting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don’t have other spare pieces to move! In this situation, it’s more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you can maintain your position up till your opponent gives you a chance to hit, so it may be a great idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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