As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your pieces safely around the game board to your home board while at the same time your opponent moves their pieces toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With competing player pieces shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for specific strategies at particular instances. Here are the two final Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the aim of the blocking strategy is to slow down the opponent to shift his chips, the Priming Game plan is to completely stop any activity 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 bad position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your board. As soon as you’ve successfully assembled the prime to prevent the movement of the competitor, the competitor doesn’t even get to roll the dice, and you move your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You will win the game for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The objectives of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game technique are very similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions hoping to boost your chances of winning, but the Back Game strategy uses different tactics to achieve that. The Back Game technique is commonly used when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this tactic, you have to hold 2 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 needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partially the outcome of the dice roll.