Backgammon – 3 Main Schemes

In extraordinarily general terms, there are three basic tactics employed. You want to be agile enough to hop between tactics quickly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of building a 6-deep wall of pieces, or at least as deep as you can achieve, to barricade in the competitor’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most acceptable tactic at the start of the match. You can assemble the wall anywhere between your 11-point and your 2-point and then shift it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is comprised of closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your competitor on the bar. e.g., if your competitor rolls an early 2 and shifts one piece from your one-point to your 3-point and you then roll a 5-5, you are able to play six/one six/one 8/3 8/3. Your challenger is then in serious calamity due to the fact that they have two checkers on the bar and you have locked half your inner board!

The Backgame

This tactic is where you have two or more checkers in your competitor’s home board. (An anchor spot is a position consisting of at a minimum two of your pieces.) It needs to be employed when you are significantly behind as this plan much improves your chances. The better areas for anchors are near your competitor’s smaller points and also on adjacent points or with one point separating them. Timing is crucial for a powerful backgame: at the end of the day, there’s no point having two nice anchor spots and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to dismantle this right away, while your challenger is moving their pieces home, considering that you don’t have any other extra pieces to shift! In this situation, it is more favorable to have checkers on the bar so that you might maintain your position up till your opposer provides you a chance to hit, so it will be a great idea to try and get your opponent to get them in this situation!

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