Backgammon – 3 Basic Strategies
April 27th, 2019 by Princess
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In astonishingly general terms, there are three general strategies employed. You must be able to hop between game plans 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 can manage, to lock in the competitor’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate strategy at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anywhere inbetween your 11-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your opponent on the bar. For example, if your competitor rolls an early 2 and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your competitor is now in big-time calamity seeing that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or more anchors in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least two of your pieces.) It would be used when you are extremely behind as this plan greatly improves your circumstances. The best places for anchor spots are near your opponent’s lower points and also on abutting points or with a single point separating them. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: after all, there is no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break apart this straight away, while your opponent is moving their pieces home, taking into account that you don’t have any other spare pieces to shift! In this case, it’s more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position up until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to attempt and get your competitor to get them in this situation!

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