More Basic, Strategic Moves for the Beginning Player

Look, we’ve been down this road before.

We all love the game.

So we have to be tolerant of the millions of new players who are just beginning to learn the strategic moves in the game.

That’s why I hope you’ll allow me this week to do another strategy session.

The first thing to know is that backgammon rules have not changed.

The rules are easy to follow and simple to catch on to.

The main idea of backgammon is to move all of the game pieces into his own home board and the eventually off the board.

The first player to do so is the winner.

Sounds simple?

It ain’t.

The roll of the dice, when each player tosses it, will determine how many points the player is to move his game pieces.

A checker can be moved only to an open point.

The numbers on the two dice are for two different moves. For example, if a player rolls a 4 and 3, then he can move one game piece four spaces and the other piece three spaces. The player always has the option to move one game piece seven spaces to an open point if that is what they want to do.

When a player rolls a double, they play the numbers shown on the dice two times. The player must use both of the numbers when it is possible.

When only one number can be played, the player has to play that number. If neither on of the numbers can be moved, then that player looses his turn. If they roll two many numbers, then the player can move as many spaces as there is open.

When it comes time for the end of the game, if the loser has got off at least one game piece, he loses only the value showing on the doubling cube. If the loser has not got any of the game pieces off the board, he is gammoned and loses two times the value of the doubling cube.

If the player who is determined the loser has not got any of the pieces off the board and still has a piece on the board, he is back gammoned, which mean they lose three times the value of the doubling dice.

Well, in the end, this is a money game.

Or a parlor game between friends.

Either way, it is a GREAT game.

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