The Essential Details of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

by Erin on May 8th, 2024

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The aim is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent shifts their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. After you have successfully built the prime to block the movement of your competitor, your competitor does not even get to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is often used when you’re 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 strategy is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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