Strategies: Why Not Concentrate on Not Allowing Your Opponent to Escape with High Numbers? Try This New Tact and it Might Pay Off
I know. I know. Even I do it. I always try to escape my runners first and AFTER that concentrate on blocking my opponent. But maybe there is a better strategy to play, one the experts suggest could lead to wins. Why not revent the opponent from escaping with high numbers such as 6? Perhaps [...]
Before I get into this week’s variation, I wanted to thank everyone who emailed me wishing my son a speedy recovery from his accident. He did have emergency surgery, and he is recovering. So, thanks everyone. Your good thoughts meant a whole lot to me. Now, to our continuing series on backgammon variants: Tapa. The [...]
Another in our series on backgammon rules. Today: Doublets: If the same number appears on both dice, for example, 2-2 or 3-3 (known as doublets), the caster is entitled to four moves instead of two. Thus, if he rolls 3-3, he can move up to four men, but each move must consist of three spaces. [...]
Remember the Ramones song Blitzkreig Bop? Well, as a fanatical backgammon player, I’d like to think that the strategy of Blitzing your opponent can be as overwhelming as listening to the Ramone’s song. The key idea, of course, is to attack your opponent’s checkers.
I ran across a group of friends who play Chouette. Huh? Duh? What the hell is that? So they told me. And asked me to join in. And damn. It was fun. Chouette is a variation of traditional backgammon that involves three or more players. It utilizes the same basic rules of backgammon but with [...]