The Essential Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 1

by Erin on May 18th, 2022

The goal of a Backgammon match is to move your chips around the game board and get them from the game board quicker than your competitor who works just as hard to do the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a round in Backgammon requires both tactics and fortune. Just how far you will be able to shift your chips is left to the numbers from rolling a pair of dice, and the way you shift your chips are decided on by your overall playing techniques. Enthusiasts use different plans in the different parts of a match based on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Tactic

The aim of the Running Game strategy is to lure all your checkers into your home board and get them off as fast as you could. This strategy concentrates on the pace of moving your chips with absolutely no time spent to hit or stop your opponent’s checkers. The best time to use this technique is when you believe you might be able to move your own checkers faster than your opposing player does: when 1) you have a fewer pieces on the board; 2) all your chips have moved beyond your opponent’s pieces; or 3) your opposing player does not employ the hitting or blocking plan.

The Blocking Game Plan

The primary aim of the blocking tactic, by the title, is to stop the opponent’s pieces, temporarily, while not fretting about shifting your checkers quickly. Once you have established the barrier for your opponent’s movement with a couple of pieces, you can shift your other pieces swiftly from the board. You will need to also have an apparent plan when to withdraw and move the chips that you utilized for blocking. The game gets intriguing when the opponent uses the same blocking technique.

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