A Look at the Basic Strategies in Backgammon

After getting to know the basic set up of the backgammon game board, how to move your checkers around, and the basic rules of backgammon where do we move on to next? The answer is strategy! A beginner may observe or have an idea how to make strategies given a few games or through experience at playing. To make things easier let's look at the highlights of some of the established strategies.

No one ever wants to grope in the dark or go over doing trial and error in learning strategy. Such exercise would take a lot of time. Having at least a general idea of what strategies are available in a game will give a player significant advantage during play.

Here are the strategies commonly employed during a game: 1. Running Game 2. Holding Game 3. Priming Game 4. Backgammon Blitz 5. Back Game

The Running Game: the principle here is to get all your checkers to the home board as quickly as possible. That's why it's called a running game. This is very appropriate if you are leading the pip count and the dice is on your side. Usually this strategy is executed during the end game.

The Holding Game: this requires a block at or near your opponent's home board. A player employing this strategy would keep a point in his control. This strategy provides a positional advantage and a defense. This strategy keeps your checkers in contact with enemy checkers to provide a chance to make hits and hinder the enemy checkers' progress.

The Priming Game: the idea behind the priming game is pretty much like the holding game. A player would employ not just one anchor or block but a row or wall of blocks. This called an anchor. Ideally a player would use a row of 6 points. Using this strategy impedes your enemy's checkers by trapping them behind this wall.

The Backgammon Blitz: a player would attack his opponent's pieces with the objective of keeping the enemy checkers at the bar while moving your pieces to the home board. After getting your pieces to the home board they serve as a trap. You get to bear off your checkers while your opponent's checkers are stuck at the bar.

The Back Game: this requires that you set up two anchors in your opponent's inner table. This is executed in the hope of getting a hit late in the game. Players use this strategy at the latter end of a game, especially when they are really left far behind.

This is not a comprehensive list but these are the basics that a player would need to know. You may also recognize these during a game. If you do, you already know what your opponent is trying to do. This knowledge gets you one step ahead.

Remember that a player is not tied to just one strategy during a game. Often enough a player can switch from one strategy to the other in the course of a game. As you get used to the different strategies you may come to a point where you can make combinations and become a formidable player.