Backgammon – 3 General Strategies
December 19th, 2015 by Princess

In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 main plans used. You must be able to switch strategies quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of assembling a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you might achieve, to barricade in the opponent’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable course of action at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anywhere between your eleven-point and your 2-point and then move 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. i.e., if your opposer rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play six/one 6/1 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is now in big-time trouble due to the fact that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have two or more pieces in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at a minimum two of your checkers.) It needs to be played when you are significantly behind as this plan greatly improves your opportunities. The best places for anchors are close to your opponent’s lower points and also on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is crucial for a powerful backgame: besides, there is no point having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break down this right away, while your challenger is getting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don’t have any other extra pieces to move! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you can preserve your position until your challenger provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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