The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Friday, 29. January 2016

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and pure luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move their checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any activity of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or result a battered position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you’ve successfully constructed the prime to stop the movement of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your odds of winning, however the Back Game strategy uses different techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is generally utilized when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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