The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on September 18th, 2019

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player checkers heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move her chips, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the activity of the opponent, the competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions in hope to improve your odds of winning, however the Back Game tactic utilizes alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is often used 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 late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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