The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on December 23rd, 2023

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to move your chips carefully around the board to your home board and at the same time your opponent shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move his pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he/she at all attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your opponent, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game plan relies on different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is often employed when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.

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