The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 1

Tuesday, 22. March 2016

The aim of a Backgammon game is to move your checkers around the Backgammon board and get them off the game board faster than your opposing player who works harder to achieve the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Succeeding in a game of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. Just how far you can move your checkers is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and how you shift your pieces are determined by your overall playing strategies. Enthusiasts use a few tactics in the differing parts of a game depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Technique

The aim of the Running Game tactic is to lure all your checkers into your inside board and pull them off as quick as you could. This strategy focuses on the speed of advancing your checkers with no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s checkers. The ideal scenario to use this strategy is when you believe you might be able to shift your own pieces faster than the opposing player does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the game board; 2) all your checkers have past your competitor’s checkers; or 3) your opponent doesn’t use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Technique

The main aim of the blocking strategy, by the name, is to block your opponent’s checkers, temporarily, while not worrying about shifting your chips quickly. After you have created the blockade for your opponent’s movement with a couple of checkers, you can shift your other pieces rapidly off the board. The player really should also have an apparent plan when to back off and shift the checkers that you employed for the blockade. The game gets intriguing when your competitor utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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