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As we have dicussed in the last article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposite direction. With opposing player checkers heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking strategy is to hamper the opponents ability to shift her pieces, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opponent by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get hit, or end up in a bad position if she at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be built anyplace between point 2 and point eleven in your game board. As soon as you’ve successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of the opponent, your competitor doesn’t even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You’ll win the game for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions hoping to boost your odds of succeeding, but the Back Game strategy utilizes alternate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is generally employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To participate in Backgammon with this plan, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This technique is more difficult than others to play in Backgammon seeing as it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are moved is partly the result of the dice roll.