The Essential Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part One

Tuesday, 12. April 2016

The aim of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the Backgammon board and bear them off the game board faster than your competitor who works just as hard to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposite direction. Winning a match in Backgammon requires both strategy and fortune. Just how far you will be able to shift your checkers is up to the numbers from rolling a pair of dice, and the way you shift your pieces are determined by your overall playing strategies. Players use a number of strategies in the differing stages of a game dependent 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 home board and get them off as fast as you could. This strategy focuses on the speed of moving your chips with little or no efforts to hit or barricade your competitor’s chips. The ideal scenario to use this strategy is when you believe you can move your own pieces quicker than the opposition does: when 1) you have less chips on the game board; 2) all your pieces have past your opponent’s pieces; or 3) your opponent doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking technique.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The main aim of the blocking strategy, by its title, is to stop the opponent’s checkers, temporarily, not worrying about shifting your pieces rapidly. After you’ve created the blockage for your opponent’s movement with a couple of checkers, you can shift your other pieces rapidly from the board. You should also have a good strategy when to back off and move the pieces that you employed for blocking. The game becomes interesting when the opposition utilizes the same blocking strategy.

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