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Backgammon – 3 Main Plans

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In extraordinarily general terms, there are 3 chief plans used. You must be agile enough to switch strategies instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is composed of building a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you are able to manage, to barricade in the competitor's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most acceptable strategy at the begining of the match. You can create the wall anyplace inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. i.e., if your competitor tosses an early two 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 eight/three 8/3. Your competitor is now in big-time difficulty considering that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or higher checkers in your opponent's inner board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at a minimum 2 of your checkers.) It must be used when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The best areas for anchors are near your competitor's smaller points and either on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is critical for a powerful backgame: after all, there's no point having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break apart this straight away, while your opponent is getting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you do not have any other additional pieces to move! In this case, it's better to have checkers on the bar so that you can preserve your position up till your challenger provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this situation!

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