The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part One

by Erin on December 7th, 2022

The objective of a Backgammon match is to move your checkers around the game board and bear those pieces off the game board quicker than your opposing player who works harder to do the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a game in Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. Just how far you will be able to shift your checkers is left to the numbers from tossing the dice, and just how you move your checkers are decided on by your overall gambling techniques. Players use a number of plans in the different parts of a match dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Strategy

The goal of the Running Game strategy is to bring all your checkers into your inside board and bear them off as quick as you could. This strategy concentrates on the speed of advancing your chips with little or no time spent to hit or stop your competitor’s pieces. The ideal scenario to use this technique is when you believe you might be able to shift your own checkers a lot faster than the opposition does: when 1) you have less checkers on the game board; 2) all your chips have past your opponent’s chips; or 3) your opposing player doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking technique.

The Blocking Game Strategy

The primary goal of the blocking tactic, by the title, is to stop your competitor’s pieces, temporarily, while not worrying about shifting your checkers quickly. Once you have established the barrier for the competitor’s movement with a couple of checkers, you can shift your other pieces rapidly off the game board. You will need to also have a good plan when to back off and move the pieces that you used for blocking. The game becomes interesting when the opponent uses the same blocking tactic.

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