The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 1

by Erin on December 27th, 2018

The objective of a Backgammon game is to move your checkers around the game board and get those pieces off the game board faster than your opponent who works just as hard to do the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Succeeding in a round in Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. Just how far you will be able to shift your chips is up to the numbers from rolling the dice, and how you move your chips are determined by your overall playing plans. Enthusiasts use differing strategies in the differing parts of a game based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The goal of the Running Game technique is to lure all your checkers into your home board and bear them off as quick as you could. This technique concentrates on the pace of shifting your chips with little or no time spent to hit or block your competitor’s pieces. The ideal time to use this strategy is when you believe you can move your own checkers a lot faster than your opposition does: when 1) you have less pieces on the board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your competitor’s chips; or 3) your opposing player doesn’t use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Plan

The main aim of the blocking plan, by the name, is to block the opponent’s chips, temporarily, not fretting about moving your checkers quickly. Once you have established the barrier for your opponent’s movement with a few checkers, you can move your other pieces quickly off the board. You should also have a good strategy when to withdraw and shift the chips that you utilized for the blockade. The game becomes interesting when the opponent uses the same blocking strategy.

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