The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two
September 27th, 2023 by Princess

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent shifts their checkers toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he at all attempts to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to block the movement of the competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game plan utilizes alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 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 chips and how the checkers are moved is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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