The Essential Details of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
January 6th, 2024 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or result a bad position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you have successfully built the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to boost your odds of winning, but the Back Game plan relies on seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is often employed when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, 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 play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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