The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on January 24th, 2020

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and pure luck. The aim is to move your chips safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move his chips, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to stop the movement of the opponent, your opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions in hope to better your odds of winning, however the Back Game strategy utilizes seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is frequently utilized when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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