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Backgammon – Three Main Strategies

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In exceptionally general terms, there are 3 basic plans employed. You must be agile enough to hop between strategies almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This comprises of creating a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you might achieve, to lock in the opponent's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable strategy at the start of the match. You can create the wall anywhere between your 11-point and your two-point and then shift it into your home board as the game progresses.

The Blitz

This involves locking your home board as quickly as possible while keeping your challenger on the bar. i.e., if your opposer tosses an early 2 and moves one piece from your 1-point to your three-point and you then roll a 5-5, you can play 6/1 six/one eight/three eight/three. Your challenger is then in serious difficulty due to the fact that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your home board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or higher pieces in your opponent's home board. (An anchor spot is a position filled by at least 2 of your checkers.) It needs to be used when you are significantly behind as this strategy much improves your opportunities. The best places for anchors are close to your opponent's lower points and also on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is integral for an effective backgame: besides, there's no reason having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to dismantle this right away, while your opponent is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have other extra checkers to move! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your opponent gives you an opportunity to hit, so it may be a wonderful idea to attempt and get your challenger to get them in this case!

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