The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

Wednesday, 11. May 2022

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The aim is to move your pieces carefully around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opposing player moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any activity of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get to roll the dice, that means you move your checkers and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy uses seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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