The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part One

The aim of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the game board and bear those pieces off the game board faster than your opposing player who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Succeeding in a round of Backgammon requires both strategy and fortune. Just how far you can shift your chips is left to the numbers from rolling a pair of dice, and just how you move your pieces are determined by your overall playing tactics. Players use a number of tactics in the differing parts of a match based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The goal of the Running Game tactic is to bring all your chips into your inside board and bear them off as quick as you can. This technique concentrates on the pace of shifting your pieces with little or no efforts to hit or stop your competitor’s pieces. The best scenario to use this technique is when you think you can shift your own pieces faster than the opposition does: when 1) you have less pieces on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your opponent’s chips; or 3) your opposing player does not use the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary goal of the blocking plan, by its name, is to stop your competitor’s chips, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your checkers rapidly. After you’ve established the blockade for your opponent’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can shift your other pieces swiftly off the board. The player should also have an apparent strategy when to back off and move the checkers that you used for the blockade. The game becomes interesting when the competitor utilizes the same blocking tactic.

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