The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part One

by Erin on March 12th, 2018

The aim of a Backgammon match is to move your pieces around the Backgammon board and get them off the game board faster than your competitor who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a round of Backgammon needsrequires both strategy and good luck. Just how far you will be able to shift your pieces is up to the numbers from tossing the dice, and how you shift your checkers are determined by your overall playing techniques. Players use differing tactics in the different parts of a game depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Technique

The aim of the Running Game technique is to bring all your chips into your home board and bear them off as quick as you can. This technique concentrates on the pace of moving your chips with absolutely no efforts to hit or stop your opponent’s chips. The best scenario to employ this strategy is when you think you can move your own chips quicker than the opponent does: when 1) you have less chips on the game board; 2) all your chips have moved beyond your competitor’s checkers; or 3) the opponent doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Plan

The main aim of the blocking strategy, by its name, is to block the competitor’s chips, temporarily, not fretting about shifting your pieces quickly. Once you’ve established the barrier for your opponent’s movement with a few pieces, you can shift your other checkers swiftly from the board. The player will need to also have a good strategy when to withdraw and move the chips that you utilized for blocking. The game gets interesting when the opposition uses the same blocking technique.

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