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Diversification and Flexibility in Backgammon

The direct antithesis of duplication is diversification. A good compliment to diversification in backgammon is a flexible position. These two work hand in hand to make you seem to magically be more lucky than your opponent. We'll discuss these two principles since they do relate to your overall backgammon strategy.

You may also want to see our page on duplication before going on. The discussion below will only tackle both flexibility and diversification. Reading on duplication will also help you understand why we should put emphasis on these two aforementioned backgammon principles.

Diversification is the arrangement of backgammon checkers or how your checkers are distributed among different points. The goal behind distributing your checkers among several points is to get more good rolls in the next turn. For example, you have one backgammon checker that needs a roll of four to escape and another checker that also needs a four to get a good position you should move one of these so you won't have to compromise one move for the other.

In the example above, you may want to move the checker that needs a four to get a good position to a point where it can still work for your strategy. That way when you roll a four you can readily use it escape a checker and may still have the opportunity to make a great move with the other roll.

A principle closely tied to diversification is called flexibility. Once you have diversified the spread of your checkers on the backgammon board you should try to have a flexible position. Attaining flexibility will make you look like you're luckier than your opponent. A flexible position is one that allows your backgammon checkers to make good moves out of every possible roll you might make. The arrangement of your checkers on the board should be constructive enough to allow almost any roll of the dice.

If you are to achieve a flexible position you should never pile up checkers on a single point. Doing so will be directly against the principles of flexibility and diversification. You should put a standard on the number of checkers you place on a single point. Putting a maximum of four checkers on a single point should do the trick.

You should also avoid making points evenly spaced all over the board. This means that if you already made two blocks that are two points apart, don't make the another two the same distance apart. In short you should never duplicate your position on the board.

By practicing these two principles when executing your backgammon strategy you will always get good rolls no matter how small or large they may be.