The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

by Erin on January 9th, 2023

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The aim is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent moves their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at specific instances. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move her chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a battered position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to stop the movement of the competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your checkers and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions in hope to boost your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game technique relies on different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally utilized when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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