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Backgammon – Three General Schemes

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In astonishingly general terms, there are 3 fundamental strategies employed. You need to be able to hop between game plans quickly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you can manage, to lock in the competitor's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate procedure at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then move it into your home board as the match progresses.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your competitor tosses an early two and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your challenger is then in big-time dire straits taking into account that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more pieces in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least 2 of your checkers.) It must be played when you are extremely behind as this plan greatly improves your chances. The best locations for anchors are towards your competitor's lower points and also on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is essential for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there is no point having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then required to break down this straight away, while your challenger is getting their checkers home, taking into account that you do not have other spare 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 competitor gives you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your opponent to get them in this situation!

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