The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
April 20th, 2023 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and pure luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift her checkers, 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 battered position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you have successfully built the prime to block the movement of the competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions in hope to boost your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game plan relies on seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is commonly used when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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