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Backgammon – Three Main Strategies

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In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three main tactics employed. You must be agile enough to hop between tactics almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you might achieve, to lock in your competitor's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable procedure at the start of the match. You can create the wall anyplace inbetween your eleven-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quick as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. For example, if your challenger rolls an early two and shifts one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play six/one 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your opposer is now in big-time trouble due to the fact that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have two or more pieces in your opponent's inner board. (An anchor is a point filled by at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be employed when you are extremely behind as this plan greatly improves your opportunities. The strongest locations for anchor spots are towards your competitor's smaller points and either on abutting points or with a single point in between. Timing is crucial for an effective backgame: after all, there's no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to break down this right away, while your opposer is moving their pieces home, taking into account that you do not have other extra checkers to move! In this case, it's more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might preserve your position up till your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to try and get your opposer to get them in this case!

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