The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
December 22nd, 2021 by Claudia

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and good luck. The aim is to move your pieces carefully around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opponent moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift his checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he/she ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of the competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy relies on different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is commonly employed when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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