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Backgammon – Three Basic Plans

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 main tactics employed. You want to be agile enough to hop between game plans almost instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you might achieve, to barricade in the competitor's pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate course of action at the start of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your opposer tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you can play 6/1 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your challenger is now in serious calamity considering that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more anchors in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It should be used when you are decidedly behind as this plan greatly improves your opportunities. The best locations for anchors are near your opponent's lower points and either on adjoining points or with one point separating them. Timing is integral for an effectual backgame: besides, there is no point having two nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break up this straight away, while your opposer is moving their pieces home, considering that you don't have other additional checkers to shift! In this situation, it is more tolerable to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position until your competitor gives you a chance to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to try and get your competitor to get them in this situation!

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