A friend of mine was lamenting yesterday that she could not understand the complexities of backgammon. Her other circle of friends has recently taken up the game and she couldn’t keep up with the rest of them. I guess she does not have the patience to learn the intricacies of the game. Anyhow, it gave me the idea of coming up with something that will help people like her grasp the basic of backgammon quickly. It may not be detailed or in depth, but it should do for those who want to at least brush the surface. Here goes.
Backgammon is a two player game, with one player at each side of the board. Each player has a “home board” and an “outer board.” Each player gets 15 pieces. Looking at the board, one may be reminded of chess or checkers, but the main difference is that a backgammon board has 24 points. If there is one thing that you should remember about the game, it is the object or the goal; in other words, how to win it.
So how do you win in backgammon? Each player races to move his pieces to his home board AND then “bear” them OFF the board. Whoever does this first is the winner. Simple enough?
Other rules you have to remember…You can only move your pieces in one direction – white pieces move clockwise while black pieces move counterclockwise. You also have to roll the dice to determine who moves and how many moves you can make.
These are the bare essentials of the game. There are other things you have to know, but with this knowledge, you can start playing – and then just pick up from what the other player is doing.