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Backgammon – Three Main Schemes

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 general techniques used. You need to be agile enough to switch strategies instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of assembling a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you are able to manage, to lock in the competitor's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate course of action at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. e.g., if your competitor tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play six/one 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time trouble taking into account that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or higher anchors in your opponent's home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at a minimum two of your pieces.) It should be employed when you are decidedly behind as it much improves your opportunities. The best areas for anchor spots are towards your competitor's smaller points and either on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is essential for a powerful backgame: besides, there's no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break down this straight away, while your opponent is shifting their checkers home, owing to the fact that you don't have any other spare pieces to shift! In this case, it's better to have pieces on the bar so that you can preserve your position up till your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a good idea to try and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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