The Essential Details of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on March 4th, 2023

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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The aim is to shift your chips safely around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely barricade any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to block the movement of your opponent, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions in hope to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game plan relies on seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is generally used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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