The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The aim is to move your pieces safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at particular times. Here are the two final Backgammon plans to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move his pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely stop any movement of the opponent by building 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 tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully built the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game plan utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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