Backgammon – Three Main Plans
May 15th, 2020 by Princess

In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three basic game plans used. You need to be able to hop between techniques quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of assembling a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you can manage, to lock in the opponent’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This consists of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. e.g., if your challenger tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you can play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your competitor is then in serious difficulty considering that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or higher checkers in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It should be played when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your opportunities. The best places for anchor spots are near your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is important for a competent backgame: besides, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break up this right away, while your opposer is shifting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don’t have any other additional pieces to shift! In this situation, it is more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a great idea to try and get your opponent to get them in this situation!

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