The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two
May 31st, 2021 by Claudia
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As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The goal is to shift your checkers carefully around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely block any activity of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if she at all attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to block the activity of the opponent, your competitor does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and roll the dice yet again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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