The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two
March 16th, 2017 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific instances. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, your competitor does not even get to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and toss the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, however the Back Game strategy uses alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is commonly utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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