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The Essential Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2

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As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of skill and pure luck. The aim is to shift your checkers carefully around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent shifts their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposing directions there is going to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon tactics to complete your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift their checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely stop any activity of the opposing player by creating a prime - ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor's chips will either get bumped, or result a damaged position if he/she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to block the movement of your competitor, your opponent doesn't even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your checkers and roll the dice again. You'll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game plan are similar - to hinder your opponent's positions hoping to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses seperate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game technique is generally used when you are far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this plan, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to employ in Backgammon seeing as it requires careful movement of your checkers and how the checkers are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.

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