• Backgammon – 3 Main Strategies

    In extraordinarily simple terms, there are 3 chief techniques employed. You want to be agile enough to switch strategies almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This is composed of creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at a minimum as deep as you can manage, to lock in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most acceptable procedure at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match progresses.

    The Blitz

    This is comprised of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early two and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is now in big-time dire straits seeing that they have two pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

    The Backgame

    This strategy is where you have 2 or more anchors in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It must be used when you are decidedly behind as this action much improves your opportunities. The best areas for anchor spots are near your competitor’s lower points and either on abutting points or with one point in between. Timing is critical for an effective backgame: besides, there’s no point having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break down this right away, while your opposer is moving their pieces home, seeing that you don’t have any other extra pieces to shift! In this case, it’s more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to attempt and get your opposer to hit them in this situation!

     December 12th, 2023  Makenzie   No comments

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