The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and good luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move his pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely block any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or result a damaged position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to harm your opponent’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game plan relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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