The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part One

by Erin on November 24th, 2021

The objective of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the Backgammon board and get those pieces off the game board faster than your opponent who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon needsrequires both strategy and good luck. How far you can move your chips is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and just how you move your pieces are determined by your overall playing strategies. Enthusiasts use different tactics in the differing parts of a match based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The aim of the Running Game tactic is to bring all your checkers into your inside board and bear them off as fast as you can. This strategy concentrates on the pace of advancing your chips with no time spent to hit or barricade your competitor’s pieces. The ideal scenario to employ this tactic is when you believe you can shift your own chips faster than the opponent does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the board; 2) all your pieces have past your opponent’s chips; or 3) your opponent does not use the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary aim of the blocking plan, by its title, is to stop your competitor’s pieces, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your chips quickly. After you’ve created the blockage for your competitor’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can shift your other pieces rapidly off the board. The player will need to also have a clear strategy when to back off and shift the chips that you used for blocking. The game gets intriguing when the opponent utilizes the same blocking tactic.

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