The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on October 30th, 2015

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the board to your inner board while at the same time your opposition moves their checkers toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely barricade any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get to roll the dice, that means you shift your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your odds of winning, but the Back Game technique utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is generally employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.