The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing 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 plans to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely stop any activity of the opposing player by constructing 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 tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. Once you have successfully built the prime to block the activity of the opponent, the opponent does not even get to roll the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to improve your chances of winning, however the Back Game technique utilizes different tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is frequently employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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