• Backgammon – Three General Plans

    In extraordinarily general terms, there are three general techniques used. You want to be able to hop between techniques quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This consists of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you are able to achieve, to lock in your competitor’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable tactic at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

    The Blitz

    This is composed of closing your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. e.g., if your opposer rolls an early 2 and moves one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a 5-5, you can play six/one 6/1 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is then in serious calamity seeing that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

    The Backgame

    This course of action is where you have two or more pieces in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position occupied by at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be used when you are significantly behind as this plan much improves your opportunities. The strongest places for anchor spots are near your competitor’s lower points and either on adjoining points or with a single point separating them. Timing is critical for a competent backgame: after all, there is no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to dismantle this straight away, while your competitor is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you don’t have any other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it’s better to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position up until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to try and get your opposer to get them in this situation!

     March 11th, 2019  Makenzie   No comments

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