The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely barricade any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a battered position if she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you move your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions hoping to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game plan relies on alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is frequently employed when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.

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