The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

by Erin on December 31st, 2023

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The aim is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or result a battered position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. Once you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of your competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game plan relies on different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is generally utilized when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.

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