The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

Saturday, 26. February 2022

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your chips carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular strategies at specific times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the activity of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, that means you move your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your odds of winning, however the Back Game strategy relies on seperate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game plan is commonly employed when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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