The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

by Erin on May 18th, 2018

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at particular times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely block any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point eleven in your board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your checkers and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to boost your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is frequently employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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