The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

by Erin on February 9th, 2024

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and pure luck. The aim is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to shift their chips, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or result a battered position if she at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully constructed the prime to stop the movement of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game tactic utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is often employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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