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Backgammon – Three Basic Techniques

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are three fundamental plans used. You must be agile enough to switch techniques almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you are able to achieve, to block in the competitor's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable course of action at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere inbetween your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the match continues.

The Blitz

This involves locking your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your competitor on the bar. For example, if your challenger rolls an early two and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play six/one six/one eight/three eight/three. Your opponent is then in big-time calamity seeing that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or higher pieces in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at a minimum two of your pieces.) It needs to be played when you are significantly behind as it much improves your circumstances. The better places for anchor spots are near your competitor's smaller points and either on abutting points or with a single point in between. Timing is crucial for an effectual backgame: after all, there is no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break down this straight away, while your opponent is getting their pieces home, taking into account that you don't have any other extra pieces to shift! In this situation, it's more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it may be a great idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

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