Backgammon – Three Basic Strategies
November 3rd, 2020 by Princess

In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three main tactics used. You want to be agile enough to hop between strategies instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you can manage, to barricade in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable tactic at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your opponent on the bar. e.g., if your opposer rolls an early 2 and moves one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 six/one 8/3 8/3. Your opposer is now in big-time difficulty due to the fact that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have 2 or more anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a point occupied by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It must be played when you are significantly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are near your opponent’s lower points and either on adjacent points or with a single point separating them. Timing is integral for an effectual backgame: besides, there is no reason having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to dismantle this right away, while your competitor is getting their checkers home, because you do not have any other additional pieces to shift! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you can maintain your position up until your opponent provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to try and get your opponent to hit them in this case!

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