The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

Monday, 4. October 2021

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and luck. The aim is to move your chips carefully around the game board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at specific instances. Here are the two final Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or result a damaged position if he/she at all attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to block the activity of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions hoping to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy relies on seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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