Blocking as a Strategy to Frustrate
The blocking strategy is a very important tool to frustrate or delay the plans of the enemy. As beginners we can have a lot of use for a blocking strategy, especially when we want to preserve as many of our pieces as possible.
Blocking techniques should follow closely the rules for capturing. For example, a capture is possible when the piece to be captured moves towards the front of our piece and there's a vacant square right behind it. This is an offer to capture that we cannot but perform because of the forced capture rule. If we go by the rule, we capture the piece. But most times, this is offered us because the enemy has a counter capture prepared against our piece. So after we capture the piece offered us our piece gets captured in turn.
But sometimes we have to avoid this situation because we would like to keep us many pieces available as possible. So what do we do? We use a blocking strategy. We look for a piece to pre-empt the forward movement of the enemy piece to offer us a forced capture. Thus, when we foresee that the enemy has this motive, we act ahead of it. We occupy the square that the enemy piece will use to offer us a forced capture. We do this by using a blocking piece nearby.
When the enemy piece, on the other hand, has a tandem support immediately behind it as it threatens to capture our piece because our piece has a vacant square right behind it, we should look for an available nearby ally piece to block the vacant square with. In this case, both the enemy plan to capture our piece and our opportunity to counter it are foiled. Both the enemy pieces and our pieces are in tandem.
Blocking needs to work with a quick foresight. We need to be able to guess correctly what the opponent is up to and work ahead to defeat the enemy's purpose. We cannot effectively block the enemy's intention if we don't have foresight. Without foresight we will always be acting too late and doing lots of useless blocking moves.
Foresight is the ability to read what the opponent is planning to do. It should be based on the movement and positioning of the enemy pieces.
A blocking strategy must always be prepared for even prior any sign of danger. This is done through a defensive checkers structure where pieces support each other for effective blocking puposes.