The Essential Details of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

Monday, 24. August 2020

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your checkers carefully around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposition moves their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any activity of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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