The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on May 20th, 2022

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at particular times. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move her chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get bumped, or result a battered position if she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and roll 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 tactic are very similar – to harm your opponent’s positions hoping to boost your chances of winning, however the Back Game tactic relies on different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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