The Essential Details of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on April 15th, 2021

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The goal is to move your checkers carefully around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at specific instances. Here are the last two Backgammon plans to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. After you have successfully constructed the prime to block the movement of your competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you move your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game plan are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions hoping to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game plan utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally used when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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