The 24/20 13/8 Opening Play in Backgammon

The current favorite (and perhaps your best option) for the five-four opening roll is to do a 24/20 13/8. This play tops the rest of the really reasonable plays for this opening roll in backgammon. Let's take a look at this approach to this backgammon opening roll.

The other reasonable plays for the five-four opening roll is to do a 24/15 which runs a back checker (advocates a running play), and 13/9 13/8 which brings down a couple of your backgammon checkers from the mid-point.

Doing a 24/20 13/8 play for an opening roll of five-four takes on a balanced approach towards this opening roll. The backgammon play itself does seem quite conservative, if consider the approach in a general way. The only big challenge you are posing to your opponent is by slotting the 20-point (i.e. your opponent's five-point on the backgammon board).

The 24/20 13/8 backgammon play works on both sides of the board at the same time. Using this play would require you to cover your blot on the 20-point in your next turn. You need a four, a three-one, or a double two to make the 20-point. Your spare backgammon checkers on the six-point and on the eight-point can prove to be useful for building your home board.

Owning your opponent's five-point on the backgammon board early in a game is a good asset to keep. You might want to hold on to this very strategic point for a while during a game. With this position you can cause a lot of trouble for your opponent's backgammon checkers that cross to the outfield. A great idea is to keep this point while building your home board. The next step would be to hit an opposing backgammon checker and contain it.

By doing 24/20 13/8 you have a chance to control this very crucial point. Controlling your opponent's five-point and having more points on your home board let's you play more aggressively. The logic behind this backgammon strategy is that you have more places to land on than your opponent when you enter your backgammon checkers.

The down side to this play is that it is really guaranteed that your opponent will hit your backgammon checker on the 20-point if the opportunity comes. Your opponent's five-point is just as important to your opponent as it is for you. A little saving grace is that if your opponent does manage to hit you, you have an ample chance to hit right back. Entering isn't going to be much of problem, since it is really just the first few rolls of the backgammon game.

The 24/20 13/8 opening play is your best option for the five-four opening roll. Be prepared for a bit of a challenge when you execute the 24/20 13/8 backgammon play.