The Essential Details of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

by Erin on December 22nd, 2015

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The aim is to shift your chips safely around the board to your home board and at the same time your opposition shifts their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your competitor, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your pieces and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions with hope to better your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is frequently used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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