The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2
August 1st, 2019 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the board to your home board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at specific times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely barricade any activity of the opposing player 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 she ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. After you have successfully built the prime to prevent the activity of the opponent, the opponent does not even get to roll the dice, and you move your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to harm your competitor’s positions hoping to boost your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game technique is commonly employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use 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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