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Backgammon – Three Basic Schemes

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In extraordinarily simple terms, there are 3 main techniques employed. You want to be agile enough to switch tactics quickly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This consists of assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you might achieve, to barricade in the opponent's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most adequate tactic at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your 11-point and your two-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opponent on the bar. i.e., if your opponent rolls an early 2 and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then roll a five-five, you can play six/one six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is now in serious calamity considering that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have two or more pieces in your opponent's home board. (An anchor is a position filled by at least two of your pieces.) It would be employed when you are decidedly behind as this plan greatly improves your circumstances. The strongest areas for anchor spots are close to your competitor's smaller points and either on adjoining points or with a single point in between. Timing is important for an effective backgame: after all, there is no point having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to dismantle this straight away, while your competitor is getting their pieces home, owing to the fact that you don't have any other additional checkers to move! In this situation, it is better to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position up until your challenger provides you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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