The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on February 23rd, 2024

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and good luck. The aim is to move your chips carefully 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 going to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular times. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move his checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any movement of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he at all attempts to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully built the prime to block the movement of your opponent, your opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to boost your odds of winning, however the Back Game plan utilizes alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is often employed when you are far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to control 2 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 play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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