The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
December 25th, 2019 by Princess

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely barricade any movement of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if she ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to improve your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game technique relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is often used when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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