The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
October 27th, 2019 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The aim is to move your chips safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of your competitor, your competitor does not even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your checkers and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is often used when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic 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 partially the result of the dice toss.

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