The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

by Erin on December 1st, 2016

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and good luck. The aim is to shift your chips safely around the board to your inner board while at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move her pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely block any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a battered position if he/she ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. As soon as you have successfully built the prime to stop the movement of your competitor, your competitor does not even get to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The goals of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, however the Back Game technique utilizes different techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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