What to Do When You Have to Leave a Blot

Playing safe is the common course of novices and new players. Safe play is often the rule and leaving blots on the board are never an exception. But that isn't always the case in backgammon. During the course of a game, there are times when one has to leave blots on the backgammon board.

Since blots are really vulnerable to attack from your opponent's pieces, there should be a way to reduce the risk of getting these men hit. The answer is yes, there is a way to reduce the risk of getting hit when you have to expose a blot to your opponent.

What we don't really need is an awkward roll on the dice forcing us to make a choice of which blot to leave on the backgammon board. But such a situation can never really be avoided, since we don't have any idea what numbers will the dice come up with. To minimize getting a blot hit, one thing we can do is to make sure that we make that blot at least seven points away from the nearest opposing checker.

Making blots at that distance requires your opponent to make use of both numbers from the dice. This slows down your opponent's development and reduces the chance of your blot getting hit.

Another thing you can do to reduce risk of blots getting hit is to hit your opponent's checkers before they hit yours. When you send an enemy checker to the bar, you make your opponent use one number from the dice to reenter a backgammon checker and the other to make the next move. This will reduce your opponent's chances of hitting one of your blots. Who knows, your opponent's checker may even stay at the bar for a full turn if your opponent isn't able to make a play on the next roll.

If you need to leave a blot open, another thing you need to check is if your opponent's rolls are duplicated. This means that if your opponent's position compromises one good move for another then it is quite safe to leave a blot open given that situation. A good example for this is that if your opponent needs to roll a two to hit your blot and also needs a two to cover his own blot on the backgammon board, then your blot is quite safe.

There are times when you are forced to leave blots on the backgammon board. Just remember that there are some things you can do to reduce your opponent's chance of hitting that blot.