The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on December 20th, 2022

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The aim is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the last two 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 his chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely block any activity of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of the competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your checkers and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game plan uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally utilized when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to use in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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