The 24/18 13/9 Backgammon Opening Play

Playing 24/18 13/9 is an interesting approach to the six-four opening roll in backgammon. This is the leading favorite play for this opening roll. This approach takes on developing both sides of our backgammon board and maximizing the use of the six-four backgammon opening roll.

Doing 24/18 13/9 in the opening roll splits our back checkers and brings down one of our builders from the 13-point (i.e. the mid-point). The other favorite plays for the six-four opening roll are 24/14 (which is a running play) and 8/2 6/2, which establishes a home board point early in a backgammon game.

A 24/18 13/9 play gives you a very diversified position on the backgammon board. This is the usual strategy of split and build plays in backgammon. Like every split and build play in backgammon, the 24/18 13/9 backgammon play takes on a balanced approach.

Positioning your checkers by doing 24/18 13/9 gives you a great coverage of both sides of the backgammon board. Splitting your back checkers and placing one on your opponent's bar-point (i.e. the 18-point) is a great backgammon move. Slotting is indeed the fastest way to control a point on the backgammon board. We hope to control this point in our next turn in the backgammon game.

In case you can't make the 18-point on your next turn, the alternative move after the opening roll would be to this backgammon checker to a safe location on the board. This would shift from a split and build play to a backgammon running play. Interesting maneuver considering the risk involved with slotting this position on the board.

By bringing down a builder from the mid-point to your nine-point you have just obtained a great opportunity to make points on your home board. Your backgammon checker on the nine-point can combine with the spare backgammon checkers on your eight-point and six-point. You can also cover that backgammon checker in your next turn if you wish.

This backgammon play also takes quite a risk that you might like to consider. Your opponent has a lot of opportunities to hit your blots on the backgammon board. Your checker on the 18-point can be hit if your opponent gets a one or a six (or any combination totaling to six). Your checker on the nine-point can be hit if your opponent rolls any combination that totals to eight. That is a lot of ways for your opponent to get your backgammon checkers.

Playing 24/18 13/9 with an opening roll of six-four is a great option in backgammon. Just remember that it also has a lot of risks that you need to cope with.