The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

by Erin on May 21st, 2024

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The aim is to shift your checkers carefully around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at particular times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game plan is to completely barricade any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he/she at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, the opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your chips and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions with hope to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy utilizes different techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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