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Backgammon – 3 Basic Schemes

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 main strategies employed. You must be able to hop between techniques quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you can achieve, to barricade in the competitor's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable tactic at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as fast as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. i.e., if your challenger rolls an early two and moves one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your challenger is now in serious trouble taking into account that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or higher anchors in your competitor's home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It should be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy greatly improves your opportunities. The strongest locations for anchor spots are close to your competitor's lower points and either on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: after all, there is no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break down this right away, while your competitor is shifting their checkers home, taking into account that you don't have other additional checkers to shift! In this situation, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you can maintain your position up till your competitor provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a good idea to try and get your opposer to get them in this situation!

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