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Backgammon – Three Main Schemes

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In extraordinarily simple terms, there are three basic strategies employed. You want to be agile enough to switch techniques quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves creating a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you can manage, to lock in the opponent's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable strategy at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anywhere inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of locking your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your challenger tosses an early 2 and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you can play six/one six/one 8/3 8/3. Your opposer is then in serious dire straits seeing that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or more pieces in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor is a point filled by at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It would be played when you are decidedly behind as this plan greatly improves your circumstances. The strongest places for anchors are close to your competitor's lower points and either on adjoining points or with one point separating them. Timing is integral for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there is no point having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this straight away, while your opponent is getting their checkers home, owing to the fact 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 maintain your position up till your opponent gives you an opportunity to hit, so it may be an excellent idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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