• Backgammon – 3 Main Strategies

    In astonishingly simple terms, there are 3 basic plans employed. You need to be agile enough to switch tactics quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This involves creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you might achieve, to barricade in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate course of action at the start of the game. You can build the wall anywhere inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

    The Blitz

    This is composed of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. For example, if your opponent tosses an early two and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a five-five, you can play six/one 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is then in serious difficulty considering that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

    The Backgame

    This plan is where you have two or higher checkers in your opponent’s inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at a minimum two of your pieces.) It needs to be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy much improves your circumstances. The best locations for anchors are close to your opponent’s lower points and also on adjacent points or with a single point separating them. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break apart this right away, while your competitor is moving their pieces home, considering that you don’t have any other spare checkers to shift! In this situation, it’s better to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position up till your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a good idea to try and get your challenger to get them in this case!

     November 28th, 2017  Lee   No comments

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