The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

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

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get hit, or result a bad position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions with hope to boost your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game plan uses different techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is often used when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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