The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2
September 18th, 2021 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The aim is to move your chips safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move his checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you move your chips and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy uses alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game tactic is often used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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