• Backgammon – Three Basic Schemes

    In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 general game plans used. You need to be agile enough to switch strategies instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This is comprised of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you can manage, to barricade in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable course of action at the start of the match. You can create the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game advances.

    The Blitz

    This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your competitor tosses an early 2 and moves one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time trouble seeing that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

    The Backgame

    This course of action is where you have two or higher anchors in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It needs to be used when you are extremely behind as it much improves your opportunities. The strongest places for anchors are close to your opponent’s lower points and also on adjoining points or with one point in between. Timing is important for an effective backgame: at the end of the day, there is no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to dismantle this right away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have any other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it’s more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your opposer provides you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to hit them in this situation!

     June 24th, 2020  Makenzie   No comments

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