The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

by Erin on October 9th, 2022

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your checkers carefully around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or result a battered position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get to toss the dice, that means you move your chips and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is generally employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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