The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on December 31st, 2015

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game plan are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to improve your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game technique utilizes seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is frequently utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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