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Backgammon – 3 General Strategies

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are 3 fundamental strategies used. You want to be able to hop between game plans almost instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you might achieve, to lock in the opponent's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most adequate course of action at the begining of the match. You can build the wall anyplace within your eleven-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game continues.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your competitor tosses an early 2 and moves one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then toss a five-five, you can play six/one six/one 8/3 8/3. Your opponent is then in serious calamity taking into account that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or higher anchors in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor is a position occupied by at least two of your checkers.) It needs to be played when you are significantly behind as this plan much improves your chances. The better places for anchor spots are near your opponent's lower points and also on abutting points or with a single point separating them. Timing is integral for a competent backgame: besides, there's no reason having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break down this straight away, while your competitor is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you don't have other spare pieces to shift! In this case, it's more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to preserve your position up till your competitor provides you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this case!

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