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Backgammon – Three Basic Schemes

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In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 general strategies employed. You must 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 checkers, or at least as thick as you are able to achieve, to lock in your opponent's checkers that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most acceptable procedure at the start of the game. You can create the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This consists of closing your home board as fast as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your opposer rolls an early two and shifts one piece from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play six/one 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your competitor is then in serious difficulty due to the fact that they have two checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inside board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have 2 or more anchors in your competitor's home board. (An anchor is a position consisting of at least two of your checkers.) It should be played when you are decidedly behind as it greatly improves your chances. The better places for anchor spots are close to your competitor's smaller points and either on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is integral for a competent backgame: after all, there's no point having 2 nice anchors and a solid wall in your own inner board if you are then required to dismantle this straight away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, taking into account that you don't have any other extra checkers to move! In this situation, it's better to have checkers on the bar so that you can maintain your position up till your competitor gives you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to try and get your opposer to hit them in this case!

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