There are many different strategies available in backgammon and different situations will call for different ones to be used. The more you play this game, the quicker you will be able to develop some of the basic backgammon strategies and the quicker you will be able to start beating your opponents. Your main objective is to get your pieces to your home board and then into your tray before your opponent and there are several effective strategies that you can use to help you do this.
The type of strategy that can be used will often be determined by the roll of the dice, or by the kind of strategies that your opponent is using against you. We can take a brief look at five basic strategies that can be used when playing backgammon and some of the main ones include the back game strategy, the backgammon blitz, the priming game strategy, the holding game strategy and the running game strategy. You don’t need to learn all of these strategies before you start playing, but they can be extremely useful and you should definitely take a few minutes to try and learn them so that eventually they can be used against your opponents.
One of the more obvious strategies is the running game strategy. The aim of this strategy is to move your pieces into your home board and then bear them off as quickly as possible. However, if you opponent has fewer pips than you then this strategy probably may not help. The pip count is the total number of points that a player needs to move his pieces home and then bear them off. You could use the running game strategy when you have fewer pips than your opponent, or in the early stages of the game.
The main aim with the holding game strategy is to try and keep control of a point which is located highly in your opponents home board for as long as possible. This is a good strategy to use when your opponent has a much lower pip count than you. Some people will class this more as a playing style rather than a strategy.
The priming game strategy is another type of holding game technique which involves trying to build up a prime. The aim of this strategy is to try and cover at least 6 points in a row and make sure that every point has at least two pieces. This means that your opponent simply won’t be able to get past the long wall (or prime) that you have created. This wall can be made anywhere and you could try and gradually move it along the points and towards your home board, making it extremely difficult for your opponent to advance.
The aim of the backgammon blitz strategy is to try and keep your opponent on the bar for as long as possible while trying to move as many of your own pieces towards your home board. This particular move, if successful, can result in the opponent not being able to bear off any of his pieces. One of the other notable strategies is the back game strategy which is basically when you have control of two (or more) points in your opponent’s home board.
Some of these strategies are much harder to pull off than others and you will be able to use some far more often than others. The best thing to do would be to play as often as possible. We also recommend carrying out your own research into the main established backgammon strategies and then practicing them each time you play. When playing online it would also be start using these backgammon strategies in the free play demo mode which comes with zero risk.