Back to the Basics

Backgammon has been around for quite some time and so has this blog.  Though we have not been around for as long as the game has – far from it – we have covered many areas with regard to backgammon.  I thought that it would be good to revisit the basics once again, especially for the sake of those who are only now discovering this ancient board game.

So what is backgammon really all about?  Backgammon is a board game that is meant to be played by two players.  The board for this game has 12 triangles in two colors – usually red and white.  The colors of the triangles alternate.  Another term for the triangles is points.  Each player gets checkers – 15 each and of two different colors, usually red and white.

In the middle of the board, you have a section called the bar.  This is where the checkers that each player acquires are placed.  More so, the points are numbered from 1 to 24, for easy reference.  A pair of dice is used to play the game as well.

What is the ultimate goal of backgammon?  It is for a player to bear off all his checkers.  The one who does this first wins the game.

So how does the game start?  First, each of the players rolls the dice.  The player who gets the higher number gets to make the first move.  As a general rule, if a player gets doubles, he starts first.  If both players get doubles, the higher valued doubles gets first move.  In some cases, only one die is used to determine who starts first.

Simple enough?  Next time, let’s look at how the game progresses.

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