The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to move your pieces carefully around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely block any activity of the opponent by constructing 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 attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your game board. After you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of the opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to better your odds of winning, however the Back Game technique relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is frequently used when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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