Backgame, Duplication, and Diversification Strategies

With backgammon we have to know more winning strategies. Here are three of the more effective tactics we can use for the game—backgame, duplication, and diversification backgammon strategies.

Backgame is a wise option for a strategy. We place as many anchors as possible on the enemy home board while we build as many primes on our home page. Anchors on the enemy board are hindrances to the enemy's forward moves and is a nice spot to launch hits from against enemy checkers trying to go home.

Backgame is very effective especially when we're behind in the game and we want to cope somehow. But used as an opening strategy, backgame is not recommendable. But it is also good to consider building enough anchors at the start of a game. With primes, we build them when we have set foot on our home board. But combining them is a wise option at the near end of a game.

Duplication type of backgammon strategies is when checkers are strategically placed so that the opponent takes having the same dice results just to achieve something in the opponent's favor. In other words it will take the opponent extra luck and skill to achieve something against us, thus taking the opponent extra time. It's a delaying tactic in our favor. For instance, we try to position our blots such that the other player would take double effort just to hit one of our checkers—like rolling a 2. This lessens our chances of actually being hit.

Diversification, on the other hand, is when we use tactics that complement each other. This makes using more number of moves a better option. Generally, in the backgammon race our position in a present game is vital. From it we weigh what decisions to make—like winning strategies for a doubling cube move, going to the home board, or bearing off. In discussing the merits of a backgame, duplication, and diversification, we have to also talk about our lead in the race.

Our lead over the opponent as we contrive a win strategy is often measured by the difference in the pip counts of a dice result. After the opponent has thrown the dice and we also have, the difference between the pip results is our point lead in the game, or vice versa.

Backgammon strategies are important to learn and weigh during a game. They are crucial whether we leading or behind the opponent.