Yup. The goal is to lose.
Of course, to amateurs like me, losing is never a problem.
But intentionally losing. Now that’s another story altogether.
I’m not that bad a player.
The game is called Misere, a Backgammon variant that is almost identical to the game of Backgammon.
But, of course, the goal is to lose the game.
In other words, the aim is to be the very last player to bear off every one of your checkers. When you play Backgammon to Lose, the winning player will be the last one off the board.
Things to consider while playing Misere:
It can be played with a doubling cube.
Neither gammons nor backgammons count in Misere.
When playing Misere, the games can be lengthy, but ultimately this Backgammon variant does come to an end.
To find out more, simply google (as I did) Misere, backgammon variant. And then give it a try.
And, I’ve found, it’s harder to lose on purpose than you might think.