The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Friday, 7. June 2019

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The goal is to shift your checkers safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he/she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, the opponent does not even get to roll the dice, that means you move your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game tactic relies on alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is commonly employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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