The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 1

Tuesday, 22. December 2015

[ English ]

The goal of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the Backgammon board and get them from the game board quicker than your challenger who works harder to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Succeeding in a game in Backgammon requires both tactics and luck. Just how far you can shift your chips is up to the numbers from tossing the dice, and how you move your checkers are determined by your overall gambling strategies. Players use a few strategies in the differing parts of a game depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Plan

The goal of the Running Game strategy is to lure all your checkers into your home board and pull them off as fast as you can. This strategy focuses on the speed of advancing your chips with absolutely no efforts to hit or block your competitor’s pieces. The best time to employ this strategy is when you think you might be able to move your own pieces a lot faster than the opponent does: when 1) you have a fewer chips on the board; 2) all your chips have moved beyond your competitor’s pieces; or 3) the opponent does not use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The primary aim of the blocking strategy, by the title, is to stop your opponent’s checkers, temporarily, not worrying about moving your pieces rapidly. After you’ve established the blockade for your competitor’s movement with a couple of chips, you can move your other pieces rapidly from the board. You should also have a good plan when to back off and move the pieces that you used for the blockade. The game gets interesting when your opponent utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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