In Backgammon, the opening movement is as vital as the last move, the time when you are about to lose or about to win. Although simulations and more advanced mathematics can build a plethora with scenarios for one to make that perfect start, the mind game gets the upper hand as the game progresses, derailing a big train of the first tactical moves. So Backgammon players frequently rely on some established strategies as they continue through the heat of the game, coupled with mental finesse as they adapt to changing circumstances, avoiding getting trapped or shot. Because it is seen as a race, getting ahead of your opponent just becomes a mind – mind affair of who it is to run off and rip the gold and whose is to hesitate and end up with thieves. These established strategies are detailed below.
Current game. The current game is the choice sprinter. A player in this scenario moves around the edge as quickly as possible. It succeeds the most when the player is already leading the race.
Trigger game. This strategy involves building a wall of inspectors, called a prime, normally covering 6 consecutive steps. Usually built between 11 points and 2 points and shuffled on the home board as the game progresses, the trigger game avoids the opponent checkers behind a block.
Holding game. Used when a player keeps a high point on the edge of his opponent or on the point of the bar while the game goes on. Striking the opponent’s spot from the point held is one way to get this strategy working towards a current game.
Blitz. Quickly and deadly as Blitzkrieg, this strategy keeps the opponent at bay on the bar while the blitzing player quickly closes his home edge.
Backgame. The backgame strategy is made using two or more anchors (the points of two or more checkers) in the opponent’s home board while developing a perfection in his own home board. Anchors obstruct the opponent’s movements and give them an opportunity for them to be hit. This strategy is a last ditch effort when one is really lagging behind.
Duplication. This game involves the strategic layouts of checkers who get the odds from convenient rolls of an opponent’s dice that matches his calculated movements.
Differentiation. This is another game that involves strategic layouts but counts more on using more numbers to move along.
Strategizing in backgammon is the essence of the game itself. These common strategies can also serve as a basis for a general game plan for beginners and experienced players.