The Key Points in Backgammon

Perhaps you are very familiar with the mechanics of Backgammon, but do you know that racing home first with your 15 checkers may not be as easy as it might seem to you?

The game does not only require your knowledge of the rules, but also a combination of luck and, of course, your strategies. In winning the Backgammon race, you should make essential key points that will lead your checkers towards your inner board.

Playing Backgammon is like playing chess. You cannot expect to easily defeat your opponent's king unless you start deploying your men to occupy important squares. Just the same, Backgammon players should build a position that will help your checkers in both offense and defense.

The most important point that you should aim for is your opponent's 5-point, also called the "golden point". This will provide you with an advance anchor in your opponent's home board. Once you succeed in holding the golden point, your opponent will find it difficult to move their checkers into their inner board. At the same time, gaining this point will hinder your opponent from shutting you out once you are hit. You don't have to worry about leaving your checkers there for a long time. It's safe to leave your pieces there.

Holding your opponent's 4-point still remains a good alternative if you fail to hold your rival's 5-point. Having their 3-point, meanwhile, is quite good. But, aiming for a 2-point is not worth making. But, in case you decide to do so, holding 1 or 2 points in your opponent's home board gives you the chance to hit your opponent while they races their checkers closer. This is called the "Holding game" strategy.

Having at least 2 points in your opponent's home board can also allow you to try the "Back game" strategy. In this strategy, you don't hit your opponent. Instead, wait for them to build a prime. Once they run out of good moves, they will have no choice but to break out his their prime. This will give you the chance to hit them hard. Just be sure they run out of good moves before you do.

You now have an idea of the points that you should aim for in your opponent's home board. But, you should also be on guard against your opponent's moves. Don't allow them to get your 5-point. Also aim to get your 7-point and 4-point protected. These points can build up a prime that will keep your rival's back checkers from escaping easily.