The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely block any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she at all attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of the opponent, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your checkers and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to harm your opponent’s positions in hope to improve your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game technique relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is often employed when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you have to hold 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 chips and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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