Backgammon Strategy

Our strategy articles have been written by the team at ScotGammon.  The aim of the articles on the ScotGammon website is to help intermediate players develop their game.

We will start with some articles on the fundamentals of the game.  We will gradually, move onto more advanced backgammon strategy.

2 point Blitz (6): 2 vs 1 back – 5 point Made

In previous articles, I looked at 2 point blitz positions where both players had 2 checkers back.  In this series, I will look at how much more ammunition white needs ....

How To Fund Monte Carlo

Imagine if you could fund your online backgammon without risking any of your own money. Or perhaps, you have always dreamed of playing at a live tournament with all the ....

The European Split: With A Direct Escape Route

When you have just one checker back, the decision between keeping the checker back on the 24 or 23 point and advancing it to a higher point in your opponent’s ....

2 point Blitz (5): 2 back each – 1 point Made

This article is the 5th part of my 2 point blitz series.  In Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, I looked at 2 point blitz boards, when the potential blitzer ....

2 point Blitz (4) – 2 back each – 2 point Made

This article is the 4th part of my 2 point blitz series.  In Parts 1, 2, and 3, I looked at 2 point blitz boards, when the potential blitzer has ....

2 point Blitz (3) – 2 back each – 3 point Made

This article is the 3rd part of my 2 point blitz series.  In Parts 1 and 2, I looked at 2 point blitz boards, when the potential blitzer has made ....

2 point Blitz (2) – 2 back each: 4 point Made

In my previous article on 2 point board blitz positions, I looked at situations when the potential blitzer (white) has a 2 point board, with the 5 point made.  I ....

2 point Blitz (1) – 2 back each – 5 point Made

2 Point Early Game Blitz Positions The most important cube positions are positions that occur early in the game.  This is because all backgammon games have an early game.  Not ....

Behind a 4 Prime: 1 on bar vs 1 at the edge (3)

Using Symmetry for Reference Positions In the first article on using symmetry for cube reference positions, I examined cube reference positions where white is thinking of doubling.  Black had one ....

Behind a 4 Prime: 1 on bar vs 1 at the edge (2)

Using Symmetry for Reference Positions In the previous article, I looked at cube reference positions where white is considering doubling.  Black had one checker on the bar, which was facing ....

Behind a 4 Prime: 1 on bar vs 1 at the edge (1)

Using Symmetry for Reference Positions Reference positions may seem difficult to memorise.  In this series of articles, I will show how you can figure out the cube action on a ....

33 Reference Positions: On the bar vs on the board

An important criterion, for a good reference position in backgammon, is that the position should be easy to remember.  In the early game, I like to keep one side’s checkers ....

55 Reference Positions: On the bar vs on the board

Checker on the bar vs Loose on the board When using reference positions, it is useful to simplify one side of the board.  Some players just use the position that ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (6)

Bar point or 21 point  In Part 2, making the bar point was shown to be slightly superior to the 21 point.  Does this hold when both players have 2 ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (5)

3 point versus the Bar point Making the bar point usually suggests a priming game plan, whereas making the 3 point leads to more of an attacking and running game ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (4)

The 4 point versus the 20 point In Table 1 of the article 2 in this series, making the 20 point was indicated as usually superior to making the 4 point. In ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (3)

Effects of Split Checkers and Board Points When you to have a choice between making 2 or 3 different points in the early game, it can sometimes appear to be ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (2)

3 point, 21 point and Bar point This post continues from the article on which point a player should make when he has a choice in the early game. The ....

Choice of Points Early in a Backgammon Game (1)

4 point, 5 point, 20 point or bar point Early on in a backgammon game or match, you may frequently have the decision between making 2 or more points. While you may be ....

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