• Backgammon – Three General Techniques

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    In very general terms, there are 3 chief plans employed. You want to be able to switch tactics almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This is comprised of building a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you can achieve, to block in the competitor’s checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate course of action at the start of the game. You can create the wall anywhere between your eleven-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game progresses.

    The Blitz

    This is comprised of closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. e.g., if your challenger tosses an early two and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a five-five, you are able to play six/one six/one eight/three eight/three. Your opponent is then in big-time dire straits taking into account that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

    The Backgame

    This tactic is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor’s inner board. (An anchor is a position occupied by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It must be used when you are significantly behind as this strategy greatly improves your chances. The better places for anchors are towards your opponent’s smaller points and also on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is important for an effectual backgame: after all, there’s no point having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break up this right away, while your opponent is getting their checkers home, because you don’t have other additional pieces to move! In this situation, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you can maintain your position until your opponent provides you a chance to hit, so it can be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this case!

     September 2nd, 2020  Lee   No comments

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