Online Backgammon Basic Tips

Mind Your Home Board

Many times a backgammon player can come back from being way behind if hitting an opponent's exposed checker. This will be most effective if the player's home board is arranged so that the opponent will have a hard time getting his checker off the bar and escaping back into the field of play.

Hold Strategic Points

The most important points to hold in backgammon are the 4th, 5th and 7th (the bar point). Your goal in the early stages should be to establish outposts for your checkers on these points before your opponent is able to do so.

Strategic Blot Exposure

If you have to leave a blot, try to leave it where the fewest possible dice combinations will allow your opponent to hit it. This rule may be in some cases be superseded by the location of the blot. An exposed blot close to home is much worse than one in your opponent's home board.

Use the Cube

When playing for real stakes, don't forget the doubling cube. It can be a valuable strategic asset when used correctly.

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