The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

by Erin on November 12th, 2019

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The objective of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the game board and pull those pieces off the board faster than your opposing player who works just as hard to do the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a match of Backgammon requires both strategy and luck. How far you will be able to shift your pieces is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and how you shift your checkers are determined by your overall playing techniques. Enthusiasts use a number of tactics in the differing parts of a game based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The goal of the Running Game tactic is to entice all your chips into your inner board and get them off as fast as you can. This tactic focuses on the pace of moving your chips with absolutely no time spent to hit or stop your competitor’s checkers. The best time to use this technique is when you think you might be able to move your own checkers faster than your opposing player does: when 1) you have less checkers on the board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your competitor’s pieces; or 3) the opposing player doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Technique

The main goal of the blocking technique, by its name, is to block the opponent’s pieces, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your checkers quickly. Once you’ve created the blockade for the competitor’s movement with a couple of chips, you can move your other pieces rapidly off the game board. The player really should also have a clear plan when to back off and move the checkers that you employed for the blockade. The game gets interesting when your opponent utilizes the same blocking technique.

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