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The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The goal is to move your pieces carefully around the board to your inside board while at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With competing player chips moving in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon plans to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift their checkers, the Priming Game plan is to absolutely barricade any movement of the opponent by constructing a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he at all attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point two and point eleven in your game board. Once you have successfully constructed the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, the opponent doesn't even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your checkers and toss the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar - to hurt your opponent's positions in hope to boost your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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