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Early Game Strategies When Replying to Opening Moves

Players either play the opening roll or reply to it during the opening acts of a game of backgammon. The one tasked with making the opening roll has a rather easier job compared to the other player who will make a reply to the opening roll. There are only 15 two-number combinations for the player making the opening roll to think about. The player replying has an additional 21 combinations to deal with.

Given this predicament the question now is how does one go about remembering all the right moves for all those combinations. The good news for every backgammon player is that you don't have to commit to memory all those more than 36 correct moves for 36 two-number combinations. It is a bit challenging since some opening rolls have more than one good move or play. The backgammon strategy for replying to opening moves is based on key principles mentioned below.

The first thing you have to keep in mind when replying to opening rolls is to play the opening rolls. You should already know how to play all 15 of the opening rolls. These are the ones you should commit to memory at the very least. If you reply to the opening rolls and get a dice combination that falls into the category of opening roll combinations then play it as it were an opening roll.

The next strategy we should remember is that if an opportunity to hit your opponent's blot presents itself you should hit that blot. Doing this will turn the tables around for you in backgammon and puts you in the lead. If you can hit two of your opponent's blots as a reply to the opening move then that's really better.

Don't be afraid if your opponent may have a chance to hit you back later. If your opponent does hits a checker then everything just falls into fair play. You can still catch up easily later on as you progress in the game. This is only a little risk you have to take early in the opening plays of backgammon.

Another important part of early game strategy you can apply in replying to your opponent's opening play is to hit your opponent's checker or checkers and make points. This can be done if you roll doubles as a reply to the opening roll. When you do get doubles as a reply this is a remarkable opportunity to take the lead in the game. And to make matters a lot tougher for your opponent is to hit any blot you can. This further adds to whatever lead you may get in the game.

Mimicking moves for opening rolls, hitting blots, and taking advantage of double rolls are essential parts of your early game backgammon strategy when replying to your opponent's opening move. With that, you won't have to memorize all the moves for the 36 possible combinations of the dice.