The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The aim is to shift your chips safely around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move their chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely barricade any movement of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he ever attempts to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of your opponent, your opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your checkers and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game plan uses different techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is commonly used when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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