The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two
January 17th, 2020 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and luck. The aim is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move his chips, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any activity of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or result a damaged position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to stop the movement of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your chips and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions hoping to boost your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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