The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on July 17th, 2023

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition moves their checkers toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely block any activity of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the opponent does not even get to toss the dice, and you move your checkers and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to boost your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game technique utilizes alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally used when you are 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 (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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