About Backgammon

Backgammon is an ancient board game and the most widespread member of the family of table games. It’s a game for 2 players and it’s played on a board consisting of twenty-four narrow triangles which are called points.

It initially looks like a complicated game, however once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. There are triangles on the board that alternate in colour and are grouped into four quadrants of six triangles and these quadrants are referred to as a player’s home board. The object of Backgammon is to move all your checkers onto your home board and bear them off. Let’s look at how to play the game.

How to Play Backgammon

To start the game each player throws a single die which determines the starting player and the numbers to get played. Should equal numbers come up then the dice get rolled again. The player with the higher number then moves his checkers according to the numbers showing on both dice. Once the first roll is completed, the players then throw two dice and the roll of the dice indicates how many pips (Points) you must move. Checkers are always moved forward to a lower-numbered point and the following rules apply:

  • Move a checker to an open point, one not occupied by two or more of your opponent’s checkers

  • The numbers rolled on the two dice constitute separate moves

  • If a double gets rolled the players play the numbers on the dice twice.

  • Both numbers of a roll must be used or all four numbers of a double where possible. When only one number can be used the player must use the larger number. If neither number can get used the player loses his turn.

Give this game of luck and strategy a go and toss in an element of luck and you could be a winner in this age-old board game.

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