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The Essential Facts of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces safely around the game board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific techniques at specific times. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift her pieces, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely block any activity of the opposing player by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's checkers will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your board. After you've successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of the opponent, your competitor doesn't even get to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar - to hurt your competitor's positions in hope to better your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game plan uses seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is frequently used when you're far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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