The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
November 7th, 2023 by Princess

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and good luck. The goal is to move your pieces carefully around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a battered position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. Once you have successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your chips and toss the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to boost your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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