Backgammon My Backgammon Blog


Backgammon – 3 Main Techniques

2024 Las Vegas Super Bowl Streaker
Read more about the
Las Vegas 2024 Super
Bowl Streaker

In very simple terms, there are 3 basic plans employed. You want to be able to hop between strategies quickly as the course of the game unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at a minimum as thick as you are able to achieve, to block in your competitor's checkers that are located on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable procedure at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace between your 11-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the game advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. For example, if your challenger tosses an early two and shifts one checker from your one-point to your three-point and you then toss a 5-5, you will be able to play 6/1 6/1 eight/three 8/3. Your opposer is now in big-time dire straits due to the fact that they have two pieces on the bar and you have locked half your inside board!

The Backgame

This plan is where you have 2 or higher anchors in your competitor's inner board. (An anchor is a point consisting of at a minimum 2 of your pieces.) It needs to be employed when you are extremely behind as this action much improves your opportunities. The strongest places for anchors are close to your opponent's lower points and also on adjacent points or with one point in between. Timing is important for an effective backgame: besides, there's no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own home board if you are then forced to break up this right away, while your challenger is moving their checkers home, because you do not have any other extra pieces to move! In this situation, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you can preserve your position up till your competitor provides you a chance to hit, so it can be a good idea to attempt and get your opponent to hit them in this situation!

Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

No comments yet.

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

No trackbacks yet.