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The Basics of Backgammon Strategies – Part Two

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As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of talent and luck. The aim is to shift your chips carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent moves their pieces toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips heading in opposite directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon strategies to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift his chips, the Priming Game tactic is to completely barricade any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's pieces will either get bumped, or result a bad position if he/she ever tries to leave the wall. The trap of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you've successfully constructed the prime to prevent the activity of the opponent, your competitor doesn't even get to toss the dice, that means you move your chips and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are very similar - to hurt your opponent's positions in hope to improve your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game technique utilizes alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is commonly employed when you are far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This strategy is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are relocated is partially the result of the dice roll.

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