The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

Friday, 30. November 2018

The aim of a Backgammon game is to move your chips around the game board and bear those pieces from the game board quicker than your opposing player who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Succeeding in a round of Backgammon requires both tactics and good luck. How far you will be able to shift your chips is up to the numbers from rolling the dice, and how you shift your pieces are decided on by your overall playing tactics. Players use a few plans in the different stages of a match dependent on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Plan

The aim of the Running Game strategy is to entice all your pieces into your inner board and get them off as quick as you can. This tactic concentrates on the speed of shifting your chips with no time spent to hit or stop your opponent’s pieces. The ideal time to use this technique is when you believe you can move your own chips quicker than your opposition does: when 1) you have less chips on the board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your opponent’s pieces; or 3) the opposing player doesn’t employ the hitting or blocking strategy.

The Blocking Game Tactic

The primary aim of the blocking strategy, by its name, is to block the competitor’s chips, temporarily, not fretting about moving your checkers rapidly. As soon as you have created the barrier for the opponent’s movement with a couple of checkers, you can move your other pieces rapidly off the board. The player should also have a good plan when to withdraw and shift the chips that you used for the blockade. The game gets interesting when the opposition uses the same blocking strategy.

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