• Backgammon – Three Basic Plans

    In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 general tactics used. You must be agile enough to switch techniques quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

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

    The Blitz

    This consists of locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opposer tosses an early two and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is now in big-time trouble since they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

    The Backgame

    This course of action is where you have two or more anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor spot is a point filled by at least two of your checkers.) It should be employed when you are significantly behind as this action much improves your opportunities. The best locations for anchors are towards your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for a competent backgame: besides, there’s no reason having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break apart this straight away, while your opposer is getting their checkers home, seeing that you don’t have any other extra pieces to shift! In this situation, it’s more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you might maintain your position until your opponent provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

     October 24th, 2017  Makenzie   No comments

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