The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

Sunday, 12. February 2023

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and luck. The aim is to shift your pieces safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move her chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any activity of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s pieces will either get hit, or result a bad position if he/she at all attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your board. Once you have successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, the opponent doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions hoping to better your odds of winning, but the Back Game tactic relies on alternate tactics to do that. The Back Game strategy is generally employed when you’re far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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