The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2

by Erin on January 6th, 2024

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

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her chips, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the movement of the competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to better your odds of winning, however the Back Game strategy uses seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is frequently used when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are moved is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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