Back to the Basics: Game Play

So you’ve started the game by rolling the dice and determining which player is going to make the first move. What is the next step in backgammon?

Depending on the outcome of the dice roll, the players get to move their checkers.  There are several scenarios here.  A player can move one checker a certain number of steps by adding the numbers that the two dice show.  For example, if a player gets 3 and 4, he can move a checker by 7 positions.  Another option would be for the player to move 2 checkers.  Using the same example above, this player can move one checker by 3 positions and another checker by 4 positions.  A better scenario would be if a player throws a double.  Then, he can move his 4 of his checkers.

The important thing to remember when moving checkers is that a player can only move his checkers to a point which is open (that is, there is no other checker on that point) or to a point where his other checkers are already located.  More so, the movement of checkers goes from the lower points to the higher points.

What about hitting?  This is done when there is only one checker on a specific point.  This is also called the blot.  As you move towards your home and you land on your opponent’s blot, this is called a hit and you can place the checker on the bar.

More on this in the next post.

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