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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 ability and good luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposing player moves their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular tactics at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon plans to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking plan is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her chips, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by building a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's checkers will either get hit, or result a battered position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point eleven in your board. Once you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the activity of the opponent, the opponent doesn't even get a chance to toss the dice, and you shift your pieces and toss the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar - to hinder your opponent's positions with hope to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy uses different tactics to do that. The Back Game plan is commonly employed when you're far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you need to hold two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This tactic is more difficult than others to use in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the chips are moved is partly the result of the dice toss.

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