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The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

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As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and pure luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the board to your home board while at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular times. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move her checkers, the Priming Game plan is to completely block any movement of the opponent by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. Once you've successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of your opponent, the opponent doesn't even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to hurt your competitor's positions with hope to improve your odds of winning, however the Back Game technique uses seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is often utilized when you're far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice toss.

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