The Essential Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on May 5th, 2023

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your chips carefully around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon plans to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their chips, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely block any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of the competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy uses alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is frequently employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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