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The Essential Details of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to move your chips carefully 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 checkers shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific techniques at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to move his chips, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely block any movement of the opposing player by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's checkers will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you've successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of your competitor, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to hurt your competitor's positions hoping to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy utilizes alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game technique is commonly employed when you're far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more complex than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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