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Backgammon – 3 Basic Strategies

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In exceptionally simple terms, there are three basic tactics employed. You need to be able to hop between strategies almost instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of building a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at a minimum as thick as you can achieve, to barricade in the competitor's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable tactic at the start of the match. You can build the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your competitor on the bar. e.g., if your challenger rolls an early two and moves one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is now in big-time trouble considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or more checkers in your competitor's home board. (An anchor spot is a point occupied by at least two of your checkers.) It needs to be employed when you are extremely behind as this plan much improves your circumstances. The best locations for anchors are near your competitor's smaller points and also on abutting points or with a single point separating them. Timing is critical for an effectual backgame: after all, there's no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to dismantle this straight away, while your opponent is getting their checkers home, seeing that you do not have any other extra pieces to shift! In this situation, it's better to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up until your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a great idea to try and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

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