The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

Monday, 8. April 2024

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and good luck. The goal is to shift your checkers carefully around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon plans to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he ever attempts to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point eleven in your board. Once you’ve successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of your opponent, the opponent doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game tactic are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game plan uses different tactics to do that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this plan, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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