Backgammon – 3 Main Schemes
May 29th, 2024 by Princess

In astonishingly simple terms, there are 3 fundamental tactics employed. You must be able to hop between strategies almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you might manage, to lock in your competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable tactic at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. i.e., if your challenger tosses an early 2 and moves one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your competitor is now in serious trouble considering that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at a minimum two of your checkers.) It must be played when you are decidedly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The best locations for anchor spots are towards your opponent’s smaller points and also on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is critical for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to dismantle this straight away, while your challenger is moving their pieces home, seeing that you do not have other spare checkers to shift! In this situation, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position up till your competitor gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to attempt and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

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