The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Wednesday, 12. October 2022

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your chips carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if she at all attempts to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. Once you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to roll the dice, and you move your checkers and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions hoping to boost your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game plan utilizes seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game strategy is generally utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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