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Backgammon – Three Basic Plans

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In astonishingly general terms, there are 3 chief strategies employed. You want to be able to hop between techniques almost instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you are able to achieve, to lock in the competitor's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opponent tosses an early two and shifts one checker from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play six/one six/one eight/three eight/three. Your competitor is now in serious difficulty taking into account that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor's home board. (An anchor is a point occupied by at least two of your checkers.) It must be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy much improves your chances. The strongest places for anchors are close to your opponent's smaller points and either on adjoining points or with one point in between. Timing is critical for a powerful backgame: besides, there's no point having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break down this right away, while your opponent is shifting their checkers home, because you do not have other spare checkers to move! In this situation, it is more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position up until your challenger provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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