Backgammon -- Play With a Strategy

Backgammon is a game that mostly requires skill for a player to win. This is why beginners try to come up with a play strategy that can work and guarantee victory, and at the same time improve their playing skills. Hence, if you are interested in advancing your level of playing, here are some strategies that can give you a good head start:

The most commonly-used play strategy in backgammon is blocking. This can be achieved by constructing a position on which your checkers are blocking the opponent. Since the objective of the backgammon game is to bear of all the checkers, the blocking strategy guarantees that the opponent is hindered from winning. However, make sure to maintain this play strategy during the game, and then release the blocked checkers once it is safe for all your checkers to reach the home board.

Another play strategy in backgammon is hitting. To hit is to land on your opponent's point that has a single checker in order to force the checker into the bar. Therefore, your opponent has to continue the backgammon game by returning the hit checker from the bar back into the board. Obviously, hitting, when used as a play strategy, stalls the opponent from bearing off the checkers.

To be mindful of the distribution is also another play strategy. More likely, a proper distribution is more of a defensive play strategy rather than an offense. When you make sure that your two consecutive points have three checkers each rather than four and two, this gives you a chance to be flexible enough to answer any circumstance.

Anchoring is also another backgammon play strategy that is also more on the defensive side. This pertains to a proper distribution that protects a blot. Preventing a blot (a point with a single checker) on your opponent's board will give you a small chance of being hit. Therefore, when in doubt on your checker's position on the 20-point early in the game, establish this play strategy immediately. Also, as the game progresses and your opponent is "on the roll", an anchor can certainly stall him from winning and give you a chance to build an offensive strategy.

In order to find the proper play strategy, you should try to study if the current situation is suitable. For example, the "less risky" strategy is usually to hit a blot, but to so when the point is further from the board. Remember that when the strategies are properly executed, you might want to reach for the doubling cube next time you and your opponent match up!