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The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

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The objective of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the game board and get those pieces from the board faster than your opposing player who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a round in Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. Just how far you can move your pieces is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and the way you move your pieces are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Players use a number of plans in the different stages of a game based on your positions and opponent's.

The Running Game Tactic

The aim of the Running Game strategy is to bring all your pieces into your inside board and pull them off as fast as you can. This tactic focuses on the speed of advancing your pieces with little or no time spent to hit or stop your opponent's pieces. The best scenario to employ this technique is when you think you can move your own checkers quicker than your opposition does: when 1) you have less checkers on the game board; 2) all your pieces have moved beyond your competitor's checkers; or 3) the opponent doesn't use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The main goal of the blocking plan, by its name, is to stop your competitor's pieces, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your pieces rapidly. After you have established the blockade for the opponent's movement with a few checkers, you can shift your other chips swiftly from the game board. The player should also have a good strategy when to extract and move the chips that you utilized for blocking. The game becomes interesting when the opponent utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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