The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
April 25th, 2016 by Claudia

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent shifts their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at specific instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of the opponent, your opponent does not even get to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and roll the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique uses different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game technique is frequently employed when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This plan is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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