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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

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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 shift your chips safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move their chips, the Priming Game strategy is to completely stop any movement of the opposing player by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a battered position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. Once you've successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of your competitor, your competitor does not even get to roll the dice, and you shift your pieces and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game strategy are very similar - to harm your competitor's positions hoping to improve your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game plan uses different tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is commonly utilized when you're far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the checkers are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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