• Backgammon – Three Main Techniques

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    In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 main techniques used. You need to be able to hop between strategies almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This comprises of assembling a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you are able to achieve, to block in your opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the start of the game. You can create the wall anywhere within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

    The Blitz

    This is composed of locking your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your opposer tosses an early 2 and moves one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your opponent is now in big-time trouble due to the fact that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

    The Backgame

    This strategy is where you have two or higher pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It should be employed when you are decidedly behind as this plan greatly improves your opportunities. The better locations for anchors are near your competitor’s smaller points and either on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is critical for an effective backgame: after all, there’s no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your opposer is shifting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don’t have any other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it may be a great idea to attempt and get your challenger to hit them in this situation!

     October 16th, 2018  Makenzie   No comments

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