The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
March 19th, 2017 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, the opponent does not even get to roll the dice, that means you shift your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is frequently employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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