AGGRESSIVE ONLINE BACKGAMMON STRATEGY
Forget being Mr. Nice Guy, aggressive backgammon is not for the faint hearted, beginners or even a good amateur, aggressive backgammon is the way you play when you want to crush the opposition. The previous polite, almost genteel mode of play of ‘please and thank you’ goes out of the window in the aggressive game. Examples of this change in behaviour can be seen in the difference in matches played in the seventies, even the World Championships, were played in a more refined manner, however, by the nineties, the gloves were off.
What is the difference between an aggressive game and a passive game? Perhaps the best way to start is to look at some of the moves that pattern an aggressive game.
To start, spread your checkers equally on the board; (always stick to this basic rule). An aggressive game allows you to think of the opponent’s moves before they do. Your aim then is to go forward even if it involves hitting the opponent. By definition aggressive backgammon is reflected in the game when one is ready to leave blots, but remember attacking the opponent leaves your own checkers vulnerable.
Don’t waste time in anchoring and building up primes. Always keep your eyes open to see whether the opponent intends to build up a prime to block your route. Don’t worry! In this instance Prime cannot be built up in 1 roll. So, even if you sense such a move, just start hitting. and try to mark the most potential attacker or the most advanced checkers of the opponent.
To this extent modern backgammon has become much more aggressive bringing fun and speed to the game. This has given birth to the concept of occupying the point 2 or point 3 in the home board for blot hitting that is extremely important. The occupation of the point 4 and point 5 are still useful even in the aggressive mode. The famous Backgammon book by Tim Holland highlights the most cherished moves 8/3, 6/3 as 'Conservative 53' while 13/8, 13/10 are the 'Aggressive 53'.
The most effective and influential move of any aggressive game is the double which determines the degree of the aggressive or ‘dynamic’ move as termed by Bill Robertie, emphasising that you never leave even half a chance for issuing a double or accepting it. Frequent double throws force the opponent to either concede the game or lose his normal rhythm due to a break in concentration, at the least. The best cube handlers usually become the winners so it is said.
With your opponent hovering on the brink of defeat it is time to play the ACE Point game. There are many myths and suspicions about the ACE Point game, one way to resolve the truth behind them is with the help of Bob Watchel, in his publication The Game Until The End: and Winning In Ace-Point Endgames, which highlight the strategy and the way to win.
Aggressive backgammon players write aggressive backgammon strategy books, one to consider is that of the Backgammon for Winners by Bill Robertie, who offers a quick outline of the best opening moves and how to optimally use opening dice rolls. This places you in the highly aggressive stance. The book then gives you three sample games and how to make the best possible moves, starting with a modern aggressive game strategy. Robertie’s other book ‘Backgammon for Serious Players’ also insists on aggressive play as the key weapon for winning. He has stated clearly that the dynamic strategic movements of one’s checkers should put the opponent in a more awkward position before he can even get started.
For the online game version games, take a look into the GNU Backgammon, which is good software, for playing a fantastic aggressive game. Just make sure it doesn’t end in tears.
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