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The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and luck. The aim is to move your checkers safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opposition shifts their chips toward their home board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific tactics at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to move his pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any activity of the opposing player by assembling a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent's checkers will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if he ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of your opponent, your opponent does not even get to roll 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 plan and the Blocking Game strategy are similar - to hurt your competitor's positions with hope to better your chances of winning, but the Back Game technique relies on seperate tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is often used when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you need to control 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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