The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

by Erin on April 11th, 2020

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces safely around the game board to your inner 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 opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at specific instances. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies 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 pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, the competitor does not even get to toss the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, however the Back Game tactic uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is often used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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