Backgammon – Three Main Strategies
August 1st, 2023 by Princess

In astonishingly simple terms, there are three basic tactics employed. You want to be able to switch tactics quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you might achieve, to barricade in your opponent’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable strategy at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anywhere between your eleven-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early 2 and moves one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your opposer is then in serious trouble taking into account that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or higher anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position filled by at a minimum two of your checkers.) It must be used when you are extremely behind as it greatly improves your circumstances. The strongest locations for anchor spots are towards your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjoining points or with one point in between. Timing is critical 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 forced to break apart this straight away, while your competitor is getting their checkers home, owing to the fact that you do not have any other additional pieces to shift! In this situation, it’s better to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position until your opponent gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a good idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this situation!

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