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Backgammon – Three Basic Plans

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In extraordinarily general terms, there are 3 basic techniques employed. You want to be able to switch techniques almost instantly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This involves creating a 6-deep wall of checkers, or at least as deep as you are able to manage, to lock in the competitor's pieces that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable course of action at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere inbetween your eleven-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quickly as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. For example, if your opposer tosses an early two and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you are able to play 6/1 six/one eight/three 8/3. Your competitor is then in serious trouble considering that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have two or higher pieces in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor spot is a point consisting of at least 2 of your pieces.) It must be used when you are decidedly behind as this plan much improves your circumstances. The strongest areas for anchors are close to your opponent's smaller points and either on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is integral for an effective backgame: at the end of the day, there's no reason having 2 nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then required to dismantle this right away, while your opposer is shifting their pieces home, seeing that you do not have any other spare pieces to move! In this case, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your opposer gives you an opportunity to hit, so it can be an excellent idea to try and get your competitor to hit them in this case!

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