The Essential Details of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
November 14th, 2009 by Claudia
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As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon plans to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or result a battered position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to stop the activity of the opponent, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to boost your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game technique uses different techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is commonly used when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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