The Essential Details of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on October 25th, 2021

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opponent shifts their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at particular times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move her checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game plan are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to better your odds of winning, but the Back Game strategy utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is commonly employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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