The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
July 23rd, 2022 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and luck. The aim is to shift your checkers carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift his chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you have successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, but the Back Game tactic utilizes alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control 2 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 seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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