The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on September 9th, 2023

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and good luck. The aim is to move your checkers carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at specific times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he at all attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to block the activity of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game plan is often employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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