The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on February 18th, 2016

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the board to your inner board while at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move his chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely stop any activity of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or result a battered position if he at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of the competitor, your opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions with hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is often utilized when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This plan is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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