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Backgammon – 3 Basic Schemes

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are three general tactics used. You must be agile enough to hop between strategies quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you are able to manage, to lock in the competitor's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most acceptable tactic at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This involves closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your challenger tosses an early two and moves one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your competitor is now in big-time dire straits considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more checkers in your competitor's home board. (An anchor spot is a point occupied by at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It would be employed when you are decidedly behind as this action much improves your opportunities. The better places for anchor spots are near your competitor's lower points and either on adjoining 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 solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this right away, while your opposer is getting their checkers home, taking into account that you do not have other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position up till your challenger provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to try and get your opponent to hit them in this case!

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