Three Basic Backgammon Strategies


There are many strategies that you can employ when playing backgammon. If you are relatively new to the game, however, you might want to master some of the basics first and then work your way up. For those of you who are at this point, here are three basic strategies that can help you go a long way in your game.

The Blockade
Don’t you like the sound of that? This strategy basically refers to creating a “wall” of checkers, 6-deep. Actually, 6 is just a number – you can make your wall as thick as you can (or like). The idea is to block in your opponent’s checkers which are in your 1-point. This strategy is well suited to the start of the game.

The Blitz
If the first strategy gives you the idea of strength and fortification, this strategy is all about speed. The idea is to close your home board as quickly as you can and at the same time, keeping your opponent on the bar. A good example is this:

Your opponent rolls an early 2. If he moves one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point, AND THEN you roll a 5 – 5, you can follow this play: 6/1 6/1 8/3 8/3. Guess what? You will be in a very good position because your opponent will have closed half of your inner board AND your opponent will have 2 checkers on the bar!

The Backgame
Last, but not the least, we have the situation wherein you have at least 2 anchors in your opponent’s home board. The perfect time to use this strategy is when you are behind in the game and you want to increase your chances. Remember, this is not really good to use at the beginning of the game!

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