The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
January 16th, 2016 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely barricade any activity of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he/she ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your chances of winning, however the Back Game technique utilizes different techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this plan, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to play 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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