Backgammon basics: How to play a game (Part 3)

For the past few blog posts, I have been discussing how to play a game of backgammon as an aid for those who are interested in taking up this engaging board game. I have already discussed the preliminary basics of the game as well as a number of basic rules.

Below are a few more rules that are followed when playing a game of backgammon:* A player who has rolled a double will play the numbers that are shown on the dice a total of times. For example, a player who has rolled a 6 and a 6 will have four sixes that he can use. He is allowed to move any combination of checkers that he thinks will be appropriate to comply with the rule.

* A player is required to use both numbers of a roll if it is within the bounds of the games rules and it is possible. He can also use all four numbers of a double. When only one number is able to be played, the player must play that number. If either number can be played but not both, the player must play with the larger number.

If the situation happens where neither one of the numbers can be employed, the player would then lose his turn. If, on the other hand, he got doubles and he cannot play any of the four numbers, then the player must play as many of the numbers as he is able to.

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