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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

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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 shift your checkers safely around the game board to your inside board and at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers moving in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their chips, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opponent by creating a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's checkers will either get bumped, or result a bad position if he at all attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. Once you've successfully built the prime to stop the activity of your opponent, your opponent doesn't even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice yet again. You'll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are very similar - to harm your opponent's positions in hope to boost your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game technique utilizes different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is commonly used when you're far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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