The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Monday, 31. May 2021

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The aim is to shift your chips safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player checkers shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get to roll the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions with hope to boost your odds of winning, however the Back Game plan relies on seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally employed when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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