As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of ability and good luck. The goal is to move your chips safely around the game board to your inner board while at the same time your opponent shifts their pieces toward their inner board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers shifting in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the requirement for particular techniques at specific instances. Here are the last 2 Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the goal of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to shift his checkers, the Priming Game tactic is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The opponent’s chips will either get hit, or result a damaged position if he at all tries to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be setup anywhere between point two and point 11 in your game board. Once you have successfully built the prime to block the movement of the opponent, your competitor does not even get to toss the dice, that means you shift your pieces and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Plan

The aims of the Back Game strategy and the Blocking Game strategy are similar – to hinder your opponent’s positions with hope to improve your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game tactic uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is often employed when you’re far behind your opponent. To play Backgammon with this tactic, you have to control 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 play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partly the result of the dice toss.