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The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The aim is to shift your pieces safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player pieces shifting in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to shift his checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by assembling a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's pieces will either get hit, or end up in a battered position if she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your board. Once you've successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of your opponent, your competitor doesn't even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are similar - to hinder your opponent's positions in hope to boost your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game technique relies on seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is commonly employed when you are far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you need to control 2 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 play in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partially the result of the dice toss.

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