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Backgammon – Three Main Schemes

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In astonishingly simple terms, there are three main tactics used. You need to be agile enough to hop between game plans almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of assembling a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you can achieve, to lock in the opponent's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable strategy at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere within your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as fast as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. For example, if your challenger tosses an early 2 and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your opponent is now in serious trouble taking into account that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or higher checkers in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a point filled by at least two of your pieces.) It needs to be played when you are significantly behind as this plan greatly improves your chances. The strongest areas for anchors are close to your opponent's smaller points and also on abutting points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for a powerful backgame: after all, there's no reason having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to dismantle this right away, while your competitor is shifting their checkers home, because you don't have other extra checkers to shift! In this case, it's more tolerable to have pieces on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position until your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it may be an excellent idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

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