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The Basics of Backgammon Game Plans – Part 2

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As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The aim is to move your chips carefully around the board to your inner board while at the same time your opposing player 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 particular techniques at particular times. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift their checkers, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opposing player by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's chips will either get hit, or result a battered position if she ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. Once you've successfully constructed the prime to stop the activity of the opponent, the opponent does not even get 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 objectives of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to hinder your opponent's positions with hope to boost your odds of winning, however the Back Game tactic uses seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is often used when you're far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partly the result of the dice roll.

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