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The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part Two

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As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move her pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any activity of the opponent by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's pieces will either get bumped, or result a bad position if she at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point 11 in your board. Once you have successfully constructed the prime to block the movement of the opponent, your opponent does not even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your chips and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The goals of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to hinder your competitor's positions in hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy relies on different techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is generally utilized when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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