Making Your Backgammon Priming Games Work

Priming games are interesting to watch when two players have it going in backgammon. When backgammon players engage in a priming game both players have made primes. It will be quite likely that both players have trapped some opposing checkers behind the primes. There are a few things you should think about if you want to make your priming games work for you.

In priming games you would want to keep your prime alive for the longest possible time. As long as you have your opponent's checkers trapped the more opportunities you have to control the flow of the game. In order to keep your prime alive and make sure it remains effective throughout the game you should build it from four to six points long. Three-point primes may work in backgammon but they're just not as effective.

Now here's what you do about your checkers stuck behind your opponent's prime. Of course in a priming game you should expect to have at least two checkers trapped behind the opposing prime. What you should do is position your checkers right beside your opponent's prime right on its edge. That way if your opponent breaks his prime even from the farthest point from your trapped checkers you still have a chance to escape your men by making a high roll on one dice.

This part of a priming game in backgammon works like waiting on your opponent to make a bad move. When the first opportunity to escape your back checkers come you should take the chance and hit or run away. Remember that your opponent also wants to keep your back checkers trapped as long as possible.

That having been said, here's what you do to keep your opponent's back checkers trap. You hit blots when you can especially when they are positioned at the edge of your prime. Hitting blots at the edge of your prime gives you a chance to move your prime forward closer or into your home board. Don't be afraid to leave a blot as long as you can hit since your opponent will be busy entering checkers.

But if your prime is already hedged in your home board you should rather concentrate in bringing in other checkers that are still on the outer board. To make sure your prime holds out longer than that of your opponent's move these checkers first, then the ones stuck behind the enemy prime if possible, and extra checkers stacked on points you've made even extra checkers on the prime. If you hold out longer then chances are your opponent will be forced to break his backgammon prime.

These are the secrets to make your priming game work in backgammon. The idea is simply to hold out longer than your opponent and keep the opposing checkers trapped as long as possible.