The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the board to your home board and at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to move their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he/she ever attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your game board. After you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of the opponent, your opponent doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your checkers and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy uses seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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