The Essential Details of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

Wednesday, 26. July 2023

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and good luck. The goal is to move your checkers safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent moves their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon strategies to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move her chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to better your chances of winning, however the Back Game plan relies on different tactics to do that. The Back Game technique is generally used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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