Switching Safe Play and Bold Play in Backgammon

Here are some things you might like to consider when choosing between bold play and safe play. Though there are other things to consider during bold play, we'll take a look at the first few things you should consider.

The first thing we need to consider when making a bold play during a backgammon game is making our home board points. We will not only be concerned about how strong our home board is. We'll also consider how strong our opponent's home board is. We may need to take this into account if we're going to do safe play or bold play.

If we have developed a strong backgammon home board this opens up opportunities for aggressive bold play. When we make hits and have made a lot of points in our home board we can be quite confident to leave a few blots on the board when we hit since your opponent will have less chances of hitting back.

This is also true if our opponent has developed a strong home board during a backgammon game. We should check our situation if we can get away with hitting and leaving a blot open. If not, we should consider making a safe play rather than a bold play.

Another item we may want to consider when trying to make a bold play is to establish anchors. Having anchors (especially on your opponent's side of the board) allows opportunities for bold play. Consider making anchors at your opponent's home board (your opponent's five-point will do quite nicely).

You might also consider making more than one anchor (though not necessarily building a prime). You might also consider building high or low anchors on your opponent's home board. This would add strength to your position.

Having blots in your backgammon home board is another point of consideration when choosing between safe play and bold play. If you hit when there are blots on your home board, there is a significant chance that your opponent can hit you right back.

One last item to consider would be to let your checkers get hit and make them join your back men! This might sound crazy but it is based on sound logic in backgammon. First reason is that you need more than one backgammon checker to form an anchor. Next is that if you use one back checker to hit that leaves you with two blots (a spare checker on your anchor comes in handy). Lastly, you'll need more checkers to make another anchor in case you plan to build another one.

These are the top things you need to consider when choosing between bold play and safe play. Since there'll always be a time when you need to make a choice between the two during a backgammon game, it is better to know what to look out for.