The Essential Facts of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on August 4th, 2020

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and pure luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move her pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any activity of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a battered position if he ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. Once you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you move your chips and toss the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions in hope to better your odds of winning, however the Back Game technique utilizes seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally utilized when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this plan, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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