• Backgammon – Three Main Schemes

    [ English ]

    In very general terms, there are three fundamental game plans used. You need to be agile enough to switch tactics quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This consists of creating a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you are able to achieve, to barricade in your opponent’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable procedure at the start of the match. You can create the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game continues.

    The Blitz

    This is composed of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your opposer on the bar. For example, if your challenger tosses an early 2 and moves one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a five-five, you can play 6/1 six/one eight/three eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time dire straits due to the fact that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

    The Backgame

    This course of action is where you have 2 or more pieces in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It should be used when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The strongest places for anchor spots are near your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is important for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there is no reason having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to dismantle this right away, while your competitor is moving their pieces home, seeing that you don’t have other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it’s more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your competitor provides you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a great idea to try and get your challenger to hit them in this case!

     November 8th, 2015  Makenzie   No comments

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