The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2
July 26th, 2022 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The aim is to move your pieces carefully around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move their checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces 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 anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to boost your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is generally used when you’re far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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