A Backgame Introduction
One very typical situation you'll find yourself in when you play backgammon is called the backgame. You either find yourself playing the role of the leading player or the one trailing the backgammon race. Since one time or another, you'll be facing either of the two roles one time or another, we'll spend time explaining the your goals or objectives if you are leading or if you're trailing during a backgame.
Let us begin by giving a concise description of a backgame. In backgammon a simple working description of a backgame is if you have two anchors on the opponent's home board and your opponent has a prime pinning your anchors. At times you play the role of the player who leads and maintains the prime or you take the role of the player who trails behind and maintains the two anchors.
If you play the role of the leading player you will have most of your backgammon checkers close to home. The only hindrance to your checkers would be your opponent's anchors on your home board. You can also expect that you are very much ahead in the pip count.
If you play the role of the trailing player you might expect that you are still at the point of building your home board. More often than not, some of your backgammon checkers might still be on the outfield, which shouldn't be a surprise since you are trailing indeed. There is also a situation in a backgame where you either are very well behind or just trailing but with a subtle chance to catch up.
The backgame is a very definite situation and one that you will face one time or another since it is a typical situation you'll find yourself in. Most players resort to a backgame when they have made a lot of mistakes during a gackgammon game.
Having painted this picture of a backgame what are now the objectives of each player? You will play either role one time or another. It'll be great if you know what are your goals if you are the player who leads in the backgammon race in a backgame or the one who is left behind.
If you're the trailing player, make sure you have your own home board built and ready to contain any checkers. Don't worry if you can't hit any checker just yet. The objective of keeping your anchors on your opponent's home board is to hit late in the game when you have your home board set up. That way, when you hit you can contain your opponent's checkers and run your other checkers to safety and take the lead.
If you're the leading player then you would have to avoid leaving a blot this late in the game. Be conservative in your moves since you're pretty much the favorite to win this backgammon game. The backgame is a typical situation during a backgammon game. Knowing what to expect makes you the better player.