The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2
March 30th, 2024 by Claudia

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and good luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move his pieces, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any activity of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your competitor, your opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions hoping to boost your odds of winning, but the Back Game strategy uses different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally employed when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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