The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2
December 26th, 2021 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your pieces carefully around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips moving in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular times. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he/she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of the competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions in hope to better your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is frequently used when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, 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 play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are relocated is partly the result of the dice roll.

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