The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

Tuesday, 16. May 2023

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opposition shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces heading in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the last two Backgammon plans to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely block any movement of the opposing player by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. After you’ve successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, your competitor does not even get to toss the dice, that means you move your checkers and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to harm your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, however the Back Game technique utilizes seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is commonly used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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