The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The goal is to shift your checkers safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely stop any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions hoping to better your odds of winning, however the Back Game tactic uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is frequently used when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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