• Backgammon – Three General Strategies

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    In exceptionally general terms, there are three fundamental tactics used. You want to be agile enough to switch techniques quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This consists of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you can achieve, to lock in the competitor’s pieces that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace inbetween your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game continues.

    The Blitz

    This involves closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. For example, if your opposer rolls an early two and shifts one checker from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your challenger is now in serious dire straits because they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed 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 is a position consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It should be employed when you are significantly behind as this action much improves your circumstances. The strongest locations for anchor spots are close to your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is integral for an competent backgame: besides, there’s no reason having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break up this right away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don’t have other spare checkers to shift! In this case, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your opponent gives you a opportunity to hit, so it will be a good idea to try and get your opponentto get them in this situation!

     May 22nd, 2007  Lee   No comments

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