The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
October 16th, 2023 by Princess

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

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely block any activity 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/she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of your competitor, the competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic uses different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is often employed when you are far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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