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In very general terms, there are three fundamental tactics employed. You want to be agile enough to switch strategies almost instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves assembling a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you can achieve, to barricade in your opponent's pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate course of action at the start of the match. You can create the wall anywhere between your 11-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your opponent tosses an early two and moves one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you can play 6/1 six/one 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is now in big-time dire straits seeing that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have 2 or more checkers in your opponent's inner board. (An anchor is a point filled by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It needs to be used when you are significantly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The best places for anchor spots are near your opponent's lower points and either on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is essential for a powerful backgame: after all, there's no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to dismantle this straight away, while your competitor is getting their pieces home, because you do not have any other spare pieces to move! In this situation, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position until your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to attempt and get your opponent to get them in this case!

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