The Essential Details of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and good luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the board to your home board and at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully built the prime to stop the movement of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game plan is often employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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