The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

by Erin on December 2nd, 2017

The aim of a Backgammon match is to move your chips around the Backgammon board and bear those pieces from the game board quicker than your competitor who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a round in Backgammon requires both strategy and luck. How far you will be able to shift your checkers is left to the numbers from rolling a pair of dice, and the way you shift your checkers are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Enthusiasts use a few strategies in the different stages of a match dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The aim of the Running Game technique is to entice all your pieces into your home board and get them off as quickly as you can. This tactic focuses on the speed of shifting your pieces with absolutely no efforts to hit or barricade your opponent’s chips. The ideal scenario to use this plan is when you think you can move your own pieces a lot faster than your opposing player does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the board; 2) all your pieces have past your opponent’s chips; or 3) the opposing player does not employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary aim of the blocking technique, by its name, is to block the opponent’s checkers, temporarily, while not worrying about shifting your chips rapidly. After you’ve created the barrier for your competitor’s movement with a few chips, you can move your other pieces rapidly off the game board. The player should also have an apparent plan when to back off and move the checkers that you used for blocking. The game gets interesting when your opposition uses the same blocking tactic.

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