The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

by Erin on August 26th, 2023

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and good luck. The goal is to move your checkers safely around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at particular times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point two and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the activity of the opponent, your competitor does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to boost your chances of winning, however the Back Game tactic uses alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game strategy is commonly used when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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