The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

by Erin on July 31st, 2023

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and pure luck. The aim is to move your chips safely around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. As soon as you have successfully built the prime to stop the movement of the opponent, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on different techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is often used when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to control 2 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 because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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