• Backgammon – 3 Basic Schemes

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    In extraordinarily general terms, there are 3 basic tactics used. You must be agile enough to switch game plans instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This is comprised of creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you can manage, to lock in the opponent’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate procedure at the start of the game. You can build the wall anywhere within your eleven-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game progresses.

    The Blitz

    This involves locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you will be able to play six/one 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your competitor is now in serious trouble taking into account that they have two 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 pieces in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at least two of your pieces.) It must be used when you are extremely behind as it much improves your opportunities. The better locations for anchor spots are close to your competitor’s lower points and either on abutting points or with one point in between. Timing is integral for a competent backgame: besides, there’s no reason having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your opponent is moving their checkers home, because you do not have any other spare pieces to move! In this situation, it’s more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position up until your opponent provides you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your competitor to get them in this case!

     February 12th, 2016  Makenzie   No comments

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