Backgammon – Three Main Schemes
January 8th, 2019 by Princess

In very general terms, there are three general strategies used. You must be able to switch tactics quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you can achieve, to lock in the competitor’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable tactic at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your competitor rolls an early two and moves one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play six/one six/one 8/3 8/3. Your opponent is now in big-time difficulty because they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It would be employed when you are extremely behind as it much improves your chances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are towards your competitor’s smaller points and also on abutting points or with one point in between. Timing is crucial for a powerful backgame: besides, there is no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break down this straight away, while your opposer is moving their pieces home, taking into account that you do not have other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it is more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you can preserve your position up until your opposer gives you a chance to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

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