The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if she at all attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you have successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your chips and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game plan relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is often utilized when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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