HOW TO PLAY BACKGAMMON

Backgammon is a fun, strategic game played by two people.  Be the first player to remove all his/her checkers from the board to win this game.  Backgammon is easy to learn, but takes time to master.  Below is the video tutorial and explanation.

Backgammon Tutorial:

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Needed: 2 players, backgammon board, 15 checkers per player, 2 dice per player

Setup:  Put 5 checkers on the 6 point, 3 checkers on the 8 point, 5 checkers on the 13 point, and 2 checkers on the 24 point.

Game Play:  The game begins with each player rolling one die.  The player with the higher number rolled gets to use both dice for the first move.  Each dice is moved separately and can be moved to any point that is not blocked.  When your opponent has two or more checkers on a point, that point is blocked.  If the point has your own checkers, no checkers, or only 1 opponent checker, the point is open. 

Players will sit across from each other.  One player will move his/her checkers clockwise, and the other player will move his/her checkers counterclockwise.  When both dice are rolled with the same number, the player will move double.  For example, if double threes are rolled the player will move three points four times.  When a player moves a checker onto a point that only has one opponent checker, the opponent’s checker is placed on the middle bar.  Any checker on the middle bar has to be returned into play before making any other moves.  Once a player’s checkers are all within his/her home board he/she can begin removing checkers off the board.  A player’s home board is the first six points on his/her side of the board.  The first player to remove all his/her checkers from the board wins the game.

Rules:
  • If a higher number is rolled than you have while removing checkers from the board, the farthest checker is to be removed.
  • If a player is unable to make a legal move with one or both dice, the roll is forfeited. 
  • If a player has no checkers off the board when his opponent has removed all of his checkers it is known as a Gammon and is worth a double game.  
  • If a player still has a checker in his opponent’s home board or on the bar, and his opponent has removed all of his checkers, it is known as a backgammon and is worth a triple game.
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