Basic Backgammon Strategy
you're a Backgammon beginner then you can learn the basic three strategies
to the game, here.
While the basic rules for Backgammon are relatively easy to
learn they open up a huge range of strategies behind each move that
require a great deal of mental effort and concentration. Once you've
learnt some basic strategies the game will have a completely new meaning
Essentially there are three different approaches to a game of
Backgammon and you may use just one or combine any or all of them to form
your own strategy. Your strategy choice will be determined by the
random rolls of the dice and your opponents move choices during the course
of play. The three basic strategies are called the running game, the
blocking game, and the back game. You must learn the principles
involved in these to increase your chances of winning at Backgammon.
The Three Basic Strategies...
The running or racing game strategy is the
easiest to play and understand. The idea is to simply move your
checkers around the board and bear-off as fast as you can. Use this
strategy when you are clearly ahead in a game. Don't hit your
opponent and just concentrate on moving your checkers as safely as
possible without leaving any of your own single checkers open. Try
not to leave any checkers in your opponent's board and steadily move them
all around. With good luck in your dice rolls you will be the more
likely player to bear-off first.
The Blocking Game
The objective in the blocking game strategy is
to block your opponent in your inner-board, allowing you the time to move
your checkers into your inner-board and then bear-off. The best way
to do this is to build a "prime". A prime is six consecutive points
with two or more of a player's checkers on them. This prevents your
opponent from passing until your prime is broken. This is a very
good strategy for beginners to master, but you should be aware you may
leave checkers open to hits early in the game.
The Back Game
The back game is
the hardest Backgammon strategy to master. This strategy is ideally
used when you've been unlucky and find yourself way behind in a game. You
keep your checkers back on the board and spread out leaving them open to hits. This will mean some of your markers will be sent to the
bar and allow you to bring them back into play in your opponent's
home-board. Once there you are able to hit your opponent's
checkers and hinder their progress greatly giving you the opportunity to
move your own checkers into a winning position. This strategy is very
hard to play, but allows you to reverse your opponent's advantage very
quickly if played well.
Board illustrating white's 'prime'
Now learn the intermediate level Backgammon strategy...
Intermediate Backgammon Strategy