How To Play Backgammon. Simple Moves and Winning. It is said that the game of backgammon can trace its origins all the way back to ancient Egypt. That odd looking board with the big elongated diamond shapes can look a little intimidating to the new player though there is no need to let that put you off learning to play. Backgammon is in essence a simple game to learn and an absorbing battle of stealth and strategy. In this article we will take a look at how to play, how to move your pieces around the board to ultimately win. For a free ebook all about backgammon, please visit http://www.backgammonstrategy.co.uk Backgammon is a two player game head to head. To play all you need is an opponent, the board, the playing pieces and two dice. Any playing set you buy will contain this and you can also play online if you wish. The board is divided to two identical sides each having twelve triangles (known as points) giving twenty four in total. The points are numbered accordingly with sets of points being known by the following names: Points 1 to 6: The home or inner board Points 7 to 12: the outer board 7 point: The bar point 13 point: the mid point At the start of each game the players have checkers at various points on the board. Two on the 24 point, three checkers on the 8 point and 5 each on the 13 and 6 points. In order to see which player moves first, a single dice is rolled by each player and the player rolling the highest scores moves first. Each move involves the players rolling both dice and moving their checkers depending on the score rolled. Players move from their home board to their opponent’s side of the board and the removing them from the board before the opponent does the same. The first player to successfully remove all their checkers is the winner. Movement of your pieces is dependent on the score of the dice on each roll. You can move a single one of your pieces by the total score of the roll or two pieces by the individual score of each dice. For example if you roll a three and a six (total of nine) you may move one of your pieces nine diamonds or one three diamonds and one six diamonds. Should you roll a double then you can move double. If you move one of your pieces to a point where you already have a piece situated or a one of your opponent’s pieces then this is known as a blot. In such cases the pieces are moved to what is called the bar – the bar dividing the two halves of the board. Pieces in the bar can only re-enter the game by a roll in the opponent’s home board. An example being if you negotiate around one of your pieces in to say point 23 on your opponent’s side. This is probably best illustrated by playing the game and seeing the bar in action. At such time as you have moved your pieces in to the home board you can do what is called bearing off. In other words removing those pieces from the board. This is governed by the roll of the dice
and removing your pieces accordingly. For example a roll of two means you are able to remove a piece from the two point if you have one there. The game continues until one player is victorious. All that is left now is for you to start to play backgammon. You have an overview of the rules so jump in and see what a great game of strategy and tactics it is. Sets are available from the high street, to purchase online or you can play online against opponents from all over the world and even take part in backgammon tournaments. If reading this has whetted your appetite and you would like to know more about the game then you may like to download a free ebook all about it. You can access your free backgammon ebook the web site below.