The Essential Facts of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

Saturday, 15. April 2023

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

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his chips, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point 11 in your board. Once you’ve successfully built the prime to block the activity of your competitor, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your chips and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions in hope to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game tactic uses seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partially the outcome of the dice roll.

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