The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the board to your home board and at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any activity of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he/she at all attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to block the activity of the competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to better your chances of winning, however the Back Game tactic utilizes seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is generally utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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