The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2

Saturday, 8. January 2022

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your chips carefully around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics 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 tactic is to completely barricade any movement of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your board. After you’ve successfully built the prime to block the activity of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your checkers and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic utilizes alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is often employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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