• The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

    The goal of a Backgammon match is to shift your chips around the game board and pull them off the board faster than your opponent who works just as hard to do the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a match of Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. How far you will be able to shift your chips is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and just how you shift your chips are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Enthusiasts use a few tactics in the different stages of a match depending on your positions and opponent’s.

    The Running Game Plan

    The goal of the Running Game technique is to lure all your checkers into your home board and get them off as fast as you could. This technique concentrates on the pace of shifting your pieces with little or no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s checkers. The ideal scenario to employ this tactic is when you think you might be able to shift your own chips faster than the opponent does: when 1) you have less checkers on the board; 2) all your chips have moved beyond your competitor’s chips; or 3) your opponent does not employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

    The Blocking Game Plan

    The primary goal of the blocking strategy, by its name, is to block the opponent’s chips, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your checkers rapidly. Once you have established the barrier for the opponent’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can shift your other chips quickly off the board. You will need to also have an apparent plan when to back off and move the pieces that you used for the blockade. The game gets intriguing when the opposition uses the same blocking technique.

     June 10th, 2023  Lee   No comments

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