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Backgammon – 3 Basic Strategies

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In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 general tactics employed. You want to be able to hop between tactics quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you are able to manage, to block in the competitor's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate course of action at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your opponent rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your competitor is then in serious trouble considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor's home board. (An anchor spot is a position filled by at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It would be employed when you are decidedly behind as this strategy greatly improves your circumstances. The better places for anchors are near your opponent's smaller points and also on adjacent points or with a single 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 inner board if you are then forced to break apart this straight away, while your opponent is shifting their checkers home, taking into account that you do not have any other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it's more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it can be a great idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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