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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

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As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The goal is to shift your pieces safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opposing player moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move his checkers, the Priming Game tactic 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 hit, or end up in a battered position if she at all attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your half of the board. As soon as you've successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, and you move your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The aims of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game plan are similar - to hinder your opponent's positions with hope to improve your chances of winning, but the Back Game plan uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is commonly used when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your chips and how the chips are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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