The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your pieces carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point eleven in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of your competitor, your opponent does not even get to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions with hope to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is frequently utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.

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