The Essential Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2

Friday, 30. June 2023

As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your pieces safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move his pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to absolutely stop any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your game board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of the opponent, the opponent does not even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game plan is often used when you are 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 late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.

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