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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 game of skill and luck. The aim is to shift your pieces carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With competing player checkers moving in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular times. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to move their pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any activity of the opponent by building 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 ever attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your board. Once you have successfully built the prime to stop the activity of the opponent, your competitor doesn't even get a chance to roll the dice, that means you shift your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game plan are similar - to harm your opponent's positions in hope to improve your chances of winning, however the Back Game technique uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally used when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you have to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are moved is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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