by Steve Sax
4 June 2002
In past articles I have covered many topics briefly. Today I will get more in depth regarding the playing of the checkers. Handling the cube is very important, but without a strong foundation in checker play you don’t rate to get to as many good positions in which to use the cube to your favour.
Since backgammon can be conceived as a game of war, think of your checkers as having military capabilities. An onslaught of builders can be thought of as a bombing campaign. A lone checker held back in enemy territory might be a sniper trying to pick off a high-ranking officer. Assembling a prime is akin to a naval blockade prohibiting supplies from reaching enemy forces.
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