Backgammon – Three Main Strategies
April 17th, 2022 by Princess

In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 basic strategies employed. You want to be agile enough to switch game plans instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of assembling a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you might manage, to lock in your opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable procedure at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your challenger rolls an early 2 and moves one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your opposer is then in serious calamity since they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or more anchors in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position filled by at least 2 of your pieces.) It should be used when you are decidedly behind as this plan much improves your chances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are close to your opponent’s lower points and also on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is crucial for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your challenger is getting their checkers home, owing to the fact that you do not have other additional checkers to shift! In this situation, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position until your challenger gives you a chance to hit, so it can be a good idea to attempt and get your opposer to hit them in this situation!

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