Spring and Fortification Strategy: Backgammon's Best Strategy

Most players will agree that to win a backgammon game you need to have lots of luck. However, players may greatly increase their winning odds by employing the correct strategy or tactic.

You must pick the right strategy at the earliest part of the game (ex. between the first roll of the dice up to the third) because your game plan depends on the dice combination. Several basic strategies are out in the open, each of them have advantages as well as disadvantages compared to others. We have picked to main strategies to discuss:

The Sprint strategy - a strategy that requires skipping the pieces to the home board quickly without giving much thought to the spread of quadrant 2 down the board. A player begins with the farthest blots and steadily the closer pieces are hopped without strengthening the quadrant1. This tactic is very effective if you started with a 6*6 or a 6*4 roll, thereby allowing you to take off the farthest checkers avoiding too much exposure.

Certainly you can go for this tactic without the said dice numbers provided you take the risk of being hit while advancing your checkers. The strategy's edge is that skipping over your opponent's checkers while he is in the process of developing quadrant2; will hamper his time to get closer to you thus giving you a chance to win.

The disadvantages or risks this strategy has are: 1. That there is a big possibility that you be hit and be trapped in your opponent's block. 2. That several of your checkers may be exposed. 3. The possibility that you'll be totally obstructed by your opponent's quadrant.

The Fortification Strategy -it focuses on strengthening a certain block or making a series of blocks as groundwork for catching and trapping your opponent. Hence, allowing you laxity of movements around the board. Supposing you manage to roll 6 in two blocks consecutively you prevented your opponent from crossing then you are awarded free access to the board until you clear the path.

Dice combinations like 1*3, 1*6 and 1*1 are perfect combinations for this tactic. The strategy's drawback is that precious time is lost if you are not able to hit an opponent's checker and you have a lot of catching up to do. To avoid this messy situation, you must cautiously consider the possibility of being bared later in the game. You must move your pieces for that reason after undoing your series of blocks. There are other ways to combine these strategies depending on the game's progress.

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