The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The aim is to shift your pieces safely around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any activity of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he/she ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to block the activity of your competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game plan utilizes alternate techniques 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 need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partly the result of the dice roll.

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