Maintaining a Great Back Game

The back game is a strategy that involves maintaining two (or more) anchors in your opponent's home board. The back game is a backgammon strategy relies heavily on hitting your opponent's backgammon checkers late in the game. One important element of this game is to maintain those two anchors long enough to build your home board and hit your opponent when the opportunity comes.

Timing is an important strategic element that comes into play when we execute a back game. Timing in backgammon involves how many moves you need to make to maintain a very strategic position. In the case of a back game, your timing is the amount of time (i.e. pips or moves) you have to maintain your anchors and hit before you break them.

Timing is quite an essential part of the back game in backgammon. You wouldn't want to set up your anchors on your opponent's home board and break it up before you have a chance to hit. You should check your timing and hit when the opportunity comes before your timing comes below 20 pips. Call that margin the red zone because if your timing falls way below this and you haven't hit a single checker expect that you might lose this game.

When you count your timing in a back game, you'll just be doing a pip count all the way to your one-point. The only difference is that in a back game you won't be counting up to that. You'll only be counting until you have the rest of your backgammon checkers placed in your home board while keeping your anchors in place. When you get to this point in a back game, you might likely break your anchors.

Other than keeping an eye on your timing there are other things you can do to maintain your back game. One thing you can do to maintain your anchors in a back game is to build your home board. In a back game, building your home board is necessary so you can contain any checker you hit.

When you move your backgammon checkers remember to use your spares and other checkers that have not crossed over to your home board. The idea is to move your checkers while maintaining your anchors and the points on your home board to maintain a back game.

When maintaining a great back game remember to keep track of your timing. It also helps to move your spare checkers first. Maintaining anchors and keeping track of timing are necessary for a back game to be effective.


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