The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on August 1st, 2020

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move her checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your board. Once you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, your opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic relies on seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is often used when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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