The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

The goal of a Backgammon match is to move your checkers around the Backgammon board and bear those pieces off the board faster than your challenger who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game in Backgammon needsrequires both tactics and fortune. Just how far you will be able to shift your chips is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and just how you move your chips are determined by your overall playing strategies. Enthusiasts use different tactics in the different stages of a game based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Plan

The goal of the Running Game strategy is to lure all your chips into your home board and pull them off as quickly as you can. This strategy focuses on the pace of shifting your checkers with little or no time spent to hit or barricade your opponent’s pieces. The ideal time to use this plan is when you believe you might be able to shift your own checkers quicker than your opposition does: when 1) you have less pieces on the board; 2) all your chips have moved beyond your competitor’s checkers; or 3) your opposing player doesn’t use the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary aim of the blocking plan, by its title, is to stop the competitor’s pieces, temporarily, not fretting about moving your checkers quickly. As soon as you’ve established the barrier for the competitor’s movement with a few checkers, you can shift your other pieces quickly from the board. You will need to also have a clear plan when to withdraw and shift the pieces that you used for the blockade. The game gets interesting when the opponent utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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