The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

by Erin on December 3rd, 2015

The objective of a Backgammon match is to move your pieces around the Backgammon board and get them off the board quicker than your opposing player who works just as hard to do the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a game of Backgammon requires both strategy and luck. Just how far you can shift your checkers is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and just how you move your pieces are determined by your overall playing tactics. Enthusiasts use differing strategies in the differing stages of a game based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Technique

The goal of the Running Game tactic is to lure all your pieces into your home board and pull them off as quickly as you could. This technique focuses on the speed of advancing your checkers with no time spent to hit or barricade your opponent’s chips. The ideal time to use this strategy is when you think you can move your own pieces quicker than your opposition does: when 1) you have a fewer pieces on the board; 2) all your checkers have past your competitor’s checkers; or 3) your opposing player doesn’t use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The main goal of the blocking tactic, by its title, is to block the competitor’s chips, temporarily, not fretting about moving your pieces quickly. Once you’ve created the blockage for the opponent’s movement with a few pieces, you can move your other pieces swiftly from the board. You should also have a clear strategy when to withdraw and shift the chips that you utilized for blocking. The game gets intriguing when your opponent uses the same blocking tactic.

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