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Backgammon – 3 General Plans

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In astonishingly simple terms, there are 3 fundamental tactics employed. You want to be agile enough to switch tactics instantly as the action of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you are able to manage, to barricade in the competitor's pieces that are located on your 1-point. This is judged to be the most suitable tactic at the start of the match. You can build the wall anyplace inbetween your 11-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This consists of locking your home board as fast as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. e.g., if your opponent tosses an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a five-five, you will be able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three eight/three. Your competitor is now in big-time trouble due to the fact that they have 2 pieces on the bar and you have closed half your home board!

The Backgame

This strategy is where you have two or more checkers in your opponent's home board. (An anchor is a point occupied by at least 2 of your checkers.) It needs to be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy much improves your chances. The better locations for anchor spots are towards your competitor's smaller points and also on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is important for a powerful backgame: after all, there's no point having two nice anchors and a solid wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break apart this right away, while your opponent is getting their checkers home, seeing that you do not have any other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you are able to maintain your position until your competitor provides you an opportunity to hit, so it will be a great idea to try and get your opponent to get them in this case!

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