When and How to Use the Backgammon Blitz

One backgammon strategy that beginners should be able to play is the blitz. It's a great shift from playing safe to attack mode in backgammon.

If you're into aggressive play and would love to attack and keep your opponent at bay during a backgammon game, then you might consider understanding the principles behind the blitz as a backgammon strategy.

Before you can start doing a blitz you should have an idea when a blitz is playable. Not every roll or situation you're in facilitates this play. Let's consider some of the conditions that should exist so we can use a blitz.

The first indication of a possible blitz is when you roll a double. For a blitz to come into play, your double on the dice should let you make a home board point and hit one of your opponent's blot. This usually occurs when your opponent splits the back checkers early in the game. That gives you a chance to hit a blot and make a point.

A clear signal for a blitz is if you are able to hit both of your opponent's back checkers (that is if it is possible, but sometimes by just hitting one escaping back checker does the trick).

Hitting a blot isn't all there is, remember you should at least be able to establish one or two home board points. This is necessary to complete the circle with the next blitz indicator.

The last indicator for a perfect blitz is that the checker that was sent to the bar wasn't able to enter during your opponent's turn. This would be a perfect situation, but in reality, this is only the ideal. It may happen, and it may not, but when you get most of the characteristics then it is a blitz in the making.

The most important feature of the blitz as a backgammon strategy is that it facilitates hitting. You may not be able to make a double on the dice rolls, but if you are able to build home board points in later rolls it works just the same.

Another thing to help out a great blitz is to get better coverage. Controlling your opponent's five-point or bar-point will open up wonderful opportunities to hit. Another great point to make is the 11-point which is practically safe and is a good spot to hit an escaping checker. You may also consider taking the bar-point, that puts you in perfect position to hit any entering checker.

The blitz is an exciting and interesting strategy to use in backgammon. Knowing how to recognize a possible blitz during a game and which points to control to increase coverage makes a successful blitz strategy in backgammon.