The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move their chips, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, your opponent does not even get to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game tactic utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game plan is commonly utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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