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Understanding Duplication in Backgammon

If you want to avoid your opponent to force you into choosing between two good moves in a backgammon game then you should learn what duplication is and how to avoid it. Duplication is an element of a backgammon strategy that you can implement on a complete game plan. Duplication can either work for you or it can work against you. Understanding it makes you aware of its implications and gives you a chance to avoid its effects.

As stated earlier, when your moves are duplicated you are made to choose between moves. This in effect hurts your game play when the decision you are faced with is a crucial one (e.g. covering a blot or hitting your opponent's blot). You will definitely be on the losing end if you have your moves and your position duplicated.

Duplication can come in handy during any stage of a game. Whenever you see that your opponent's position is duplicated you should take advantage of the situation or if you see an opportunity to duplicate your opponent's next move you should consider trying it. An example would be giving your opponent two blots to hit so you can save one though lose the other. Having moves duplicated limits the number of good rolls or moves a player can use in a game.

The opposite of duplication is diversification. Diversification simply means to spread your checkers out on the backgammon board in such a manner as to have more good rolls coming your way. The idea behind diversification is to make points that have different intervals between them on either side of the board so that you can take any roll and make a good move every time.

Duplication is the exact opposite of the position described for diversification. If your position on the backgammon board is duplicated you most likely will have made points on both sides of the board that have equal intervals. This means that if you need to roll a four to land an escaping checker to safety on one side you might need the same roll on the other side of the board as well. A duplicated position also becomes the culprit why players may have to compromise whatever good move is available in place of another equally good move.

Generally speaking, you should avoid duplication in your position and diversify it instead. You should also spot your opponent's duplicated moves and make use of it. If you can duplicate your opponent's good moves then you should do so in order to save your pieces. Understanding duplication is an essential element of any backgammon strategy.