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Backgammon – 3 Basic Plans

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In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 fundamental tactics used. You want to be agile enough to hop between tactics instantly as the action of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as thick as you can manage, to lock in your competitor's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most adequate procedure at the begining of the match. You can assemble the wall anyplace inbetween your 11-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This is composed of locking your home board as quick as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. i.e., if your opponent tosses an early two and moves one checker from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 8/3 eight/three. Your opposer is then in serious dire straits taking into account that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or higher checkers in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a position occupied by at a minimum two of your checkers.) It would be used when you are significantly behind as this action much improves your chances. The best places for anchors are towards your competitor's smaller points and also on adjoining points or with one point in between. Timing is integral for an effectual backgame: at the end of the day, there's no point having 2 nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then required to break up this straight away, while your opposer is moving their checkers home, owing to the fact that you don't have any other spare checkers to shift! In this case, it's more favorable to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your challenger gives you an opportunity to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to try and get your competitor to get them in this case!

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