• Backgammon – Three General Schemes

    In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three general tactics used. You need to be able to switch techniques instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This consists of creating a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you might manage, to lock in the competitor’s pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most acceptable strategy at the start of the match. You can build the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the game advances.

    The Blitz

    This involves locking your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early 2 and shifts one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is now in serious difficulty due to the fact that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

    The Backgame

    This strategy is where you have 2 or more checkers in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least 2 of your pieces.) It should be played when you are decidedly behind as this plan greatly improves your opportunities. The best areas for anchors are near your opponent’s smaller points and also on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is critical for a competent backgame: besides, there is no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break up this straight away, while your challenger is getting their checkers home, seeing that you do not have any other additional pieces to move! In this case, it is more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your opponent provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

     October 30th, 2022  Makenzie   No comments

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