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Learn How To Play Backgammon

Backgammon is an exciting game of luck, chance and strategy. Once you've played it you'll find it irresistible and you'll be ready to learn more and, of course, play more. Before you know how to play you need to know the necessary tools for it.

Players

Backgammon is basically a game for two players. It doesn't matter which side or which color checkers the player uses, because each player has the chance to move first.

Backgammon board

The boards are made from various materials and available in many sizes. They range from inexpensive travel sets to professionally crafted boards quite expensive, up to 1000$.

Checkers

30 checkers usually round. 15 checkers are for one player and of one color and 15 checkers for the other player of different color. The checkers are also called men, stones or counters.

Dice

2 dice cups, often with a lip around the inside edge. They are used to shake the dice and roll them onto the board. Another method is through the tech use of a baffle box where the dice are put into the top and roll down on a slope onto the board. Both are standard to prevent dice manipulation.

Doubling cube

This is an over-sized 6-sided die with numbers 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 on the 6 faces. It is used to keep track of the number of points or units at stake in the game.

Setting up

A backgammon board has 24 triangles in alternating colors called points. The board is divided into 4 quadrants and each quadrant has 6 points. You and your opponent each have a home (inner) board and an outer board called the bar.

After a checker is hit it is placed on the bar and can only reenter the game in the opponent's inner board on the next roll of the die. The way the checkers are placed for the play is known as the starting position.

Two checkers are on each player's 24 points, five on each player's 13 points, three on each player's 8 points and five on each player's 6 points. The direction of the game is from your opponent's home board to their outer board, to your outer board to your home board.

Purpose of game

Each player has to move his men according to the numbers thrown on the dice. The players move checkers around the board into their home boards. Once all the checkers are in the home, players can begin to bear off. The player who bears off all his checkers wins the game.