The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Saturday, 29. December 2018

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move her chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely stop any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he at all attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. After you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to harm your competitor’s positions hoping to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game technique utilizes different techniques to achieve that. The Back Game plan is often utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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