The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

by Erin on January 6th, 2016

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

The Running Game Technique

The goal of the Running Game tactic is to bring all your checkers into your home board and pull them off as quick as you could. This strategy focuses on the pace of advancing your chips with little or no efforts to hit or block your opponent’s chips. The best scenario to use this tactic is when you believe you might be able to move your own pieces faster than the opponent does: when 1) you have less chips on the game board; 2) all your checkers have past your opponent’s checkers; or 3) the opponent does not employ the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Technique

The main goal of the blocking plan, by the name, is to stop the opponent’s pieces, temporarily, while not fretting about moving your checkers quickly. Once you’ve created the blockage for the opponent’s movement with a few pieces, you can shift your other checkers rapidly from the game board. You will need to also have a clear plan when to back off and shift the checkers that you utilized for the blockade. The game gets intriguing when your opposition uses the same blocking strategy.

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