Backgammon – Three General Techniques
February 14th, 2020 by Princess

In very simple terms, there are three chief game plans used. You need to be able to hop between strategies instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you might achieve, to block in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable strategy at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. For example, if your competitor tosses 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 six/one six/one 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is then in big-time trouble because they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home 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 a minimum two of your pieces.) It would be employed when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your opportunities. The strongest areas for anchors are close to your opponent’s lower points and either on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for an effectual backgame: after all, there’s no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your opponent is getting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have any other spare checkers to shift! In this situation, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your challenger gives you a chance to hit, so it may be a great idea to try and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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