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The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and pure luck. The aim is to move your pieces carefully around the board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move his pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by creating a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he/she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. After you've successfully constructed the prime to stop the activity of the opponent, your opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to harm your opponent's positions in hope to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique relies on different tactics to do that. The Back Game strategy is often used when you're far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are relocated is partly the result of the dice roll.

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