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The Essential Facts of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

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As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the board to your inside board and at the same time your opponent shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific techniques at particular times. Here are the two final Backgammon tactics to round out your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift their pieces, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any activity of the opponent by constructing a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's chips will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he at all attempts to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your half of the board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of the competitor, your opponent doesn't even get a chance to roll the dice, and you shift your chips and roll the dice yet again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The objectives of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game technique are very similar - to hurt your opponent's positions hoping to better your chances of winning, however the Back Game tactic relies on different techniques to do that. The Back Game tactic is commonly used when you are far behind your competitor. To play Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to use in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the chips are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.

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