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The Running Game and the Pip Count

The running game is one backgammon strategy that beginners can easily figure out on their own. The idea behind this strategy is really simple. The excitement from the running game mainly comes in the expectation of getting high dice rolls, which somehow seems like a gamble for your money. Though the dice really will play their part in a running game, backgammon players can still make a few tweaks to get better results out of an old-fashioned backgammon racing game.

You shouldn't expect that every running game to end in a bear off match between you and your opponent. You'll be surprised to find the cube action in a running game to be quite intense. Sometimes a game can be double and redoubled as a race runs its course. This makes understanding doubling strategies quite necessary in a running game. If you wish you may read up on doubling strategies and use it to compliment what you learn here.

In summary, a couple of important things you should have in your backgammon strategy when going for a running game are a bit of luck and knowledge of the cube action. Having all three makes the backgammon race a sweet way to win (just remember that not every player out there appreciates a racing game when confronted with it).

An important skill you'll definitely need when playing backgammon offline is a pip count. The pip count is simply the number of points or pips to go over so you can commence bearing off checkers and eventually win a game. You wouldn't have to do any manual counting to get the pip count when you play backgammon against a computer program or online against another player.

But knowing the pip count isn't quite enough in a running game. You should also adjust your pip count to any possible wastage to get an accurate view of your standing. If an adjusted pip count shows that you'll be at a disadvantage due to wastage then you should make weigh things before offering to double, taking, or passing..

When bringing your checkers into the home board it is important to avoid making high stacks. High stacks also mean you'll have gaps on your home board. Even worse is having a high stack of backgammon checkers on the lower points on your home board. Backgammon players should do what they can to avoid developing these problem areas.

By doing a pip count, adjusting for wastage, using backgammon tactics, and avoiding future wastage you are paving the way for a great running game. These things eventually add to whatever luck you may have in any game.