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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part One

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The objective of a Backgammon game is to shift your chips around the game board and get them off the board faster than your opponent who works harder to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a match of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. Just how far you will be able to move your checkers is up to the numbers from tossing the dice, and how you move your chips are decided on by your overall playing plans. Enthusiasts use differing tactics in the differing stages of a match depending on your positions and opponent's.

The Running Game Plan

The goal of the Running Game tactic is to entice all your chips into your inside board and bear them off as quick as you can. This plan concentrates on the speed of advancing your checkers with no time spent to hit or stop your opponent's pieces. The best time to employ this plan is when you think you can move your own pieces quicker than the opponent does: when 1) you have a fewer chips on the board; 2) all your chips have past your competitor's chips; or 3) the opposing player does not use the hitting or blocking technique.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary goal of the blocking strategy, by its name, is to stop the opponent's checkers, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your chips rapidly. Once you have established the blockade for your competitor's movement with a couple of pieces, you can move your other pieces swiftly from the game board. You will need to also have an apparent plan when to back off and shift the pieces that you used for the blockade. The game gets interesting when the opposition uses the same blocking tactic.

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