As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposition moves their chips toward their inner board in the opposite direction. With opposing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for specific strategies at specific times. Here are the last two Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the aim of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by constructing a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s checkers will either get bumped, or end up in a damaged position if he at all attempts to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anyplace between point 2 and point 11 in your board. After you’ve successfully built the prime to prevent the movement of your competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get to toss the dice, and you shift your chips and roll the dice again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Strategy

The objectives of the Back Game technique and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hurt your competitor’s positions in hope to improve your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game technique uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game plan is generally used when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this strategy, you have to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This plan is more complex than others to employ in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the pieces are moved is partly the outcome of the dice roll.