• Backgammon – Three Main Plans

    In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 chief plans used. You must be able to switch game plans almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

    The Blockade

    This consists of assembling 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 considered to be the most suitable course of action at the start of the game. You can create the wall anywhere inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game progresses.

    The Blitz

    This consists of locking your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your challenger tosses an early two and shifts one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a five-five, you will be able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your challenger is then in big-time calamity due to the fact that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

    The Backgame

    This plan is where you have 2 or higher anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It should be used when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The better locations for anchors are towards your competitor’s lower points and either 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 two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break up this straight away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, owing to the fact 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 might preserve your position up till your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it may be a great idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

     March 8th, 2023  Lee   No comments

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