Backgammon – Three Main Schemes
January 13th, 2017 by Princess
[ English ]

In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 basic plans used. You need to be able to hop between game plans almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you might achieve, to block in the competitor’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your competitor rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is now in serious calamity because they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or more checkers in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It needs to be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy greatly improves your opportunities. The best places for anchors are near your competitor’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with one point separating them. Timing is important for an effective backgame: at the end of the day, there is no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break apart this right away, while your challenger is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have any other additional pieces to shift! In this case, it is more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you can preserve your position up till your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

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