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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part 2

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As we dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of skill and pure luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces moving in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to hamper the opponents ability to move his pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely barricade any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's chips will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your game board. After you've successfully constructed the prime to block the movement of your opponent, the competitor does not 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 Plan

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game tactic are very similar - to hurt your competitor's positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on alternate techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is frequently employed when you are far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This technique is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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