The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on July 17th, 2020

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift their pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or result a battered position if she ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to block the movement of the competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move 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 strategy and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions with hope to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game tactic utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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