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The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 1

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The objective of a Backgammon game is to shift your pieces around the game board and get them from the board faster than your opposing player who works harder to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. Just how far you can shift your pieces is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and just how you move your chips are determined by your overall playing techniques. Players use different plans in the differing parts of a match based on your positions and opponent's.

The Running Game Tactic

The goal of the Running Game strategy is to entice all your pieces into your inside board and bear them off as fast as you can. This strategy focuses on the pace of shifting your pieces with no time spent to hit or block your competitor's chips. The ideal time to employ this plan is when you think you can shift your own pieces quicker than the opposition does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the board; 2) all your pieces have past your opponent's checkers; or 3) the opponent doesn't employ the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Plan

The primary aim of the blocking strategy, by the name, is to stop your opponent's chips, temporarily, not fretting about moving your chips quickly. Once you've created the barrier for your opponent's movement with a couple of chips, you can move your other checkers swiftly off the game board. You will need to also have a clear plan when to withdraw and move the chips that you employed for blocking. The game becomes interesting when your opponent utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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