The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

Monday, 4. March 2024

As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the 2 final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to shift his checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any movement of the opponent by assembling a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, your opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to harm your competitor’s positions in hope to boost your odds of winning, but the Back Game strategy uses different tactics to do that. The Back Game tactic is commonly utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice roll.

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