The Game Of Backgammon

1. What you will need in backgammon?

First, you will need players. Backgammon needs only two players to carry on. On which color they choose to play really does not matter.

Second, you will need some equipment; a backgammon game cannot carry on without the following:

> Backgammon board - a backgammon board comes in different sizes, and it is made up of a different variety of materials. The price of the board can range from inexpensive to around $1,000. One set of backgammon includes checkers, dice and cups as well as a doubling cube.

> Checkers - you will need 30 pieces of checkers, normally checkers are round. 30 checkers are divided into two sets, fifteen each with two different colors. Checkers have other names too such as stones, counters, pieces and men.

> Dice - you will need two pairs of dice with 6 sides. Each player should have 1 pair of dice.

> Dice cups - Two dice cups are also needed. These are used to shake the dice; one cup per player.

> Doubling Cube - this is a kind of die but oversized with 6 sides with the following numbers: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64.

2. The Set-Up

The board will have 24 triangles that will be seen on alternating colors. These triangles are called points. The backgammon board is divided in 4 quadrants and in every quadrant has 6 points. Both players will have their home board.

3. Backgammon's objective

Each player must move their checkers around the board. The first player to bear off all his or her checker wins backgammon.

4. Game begins

Players throw a die; the one that gets the higher number will begin the game. If both rolled the same number they will have to repeat throwing the die again. Players will move their checkers according to the number of the dice rolled.

5. Making a Move

> All checkers must move forward and never backward. The numbers on the dice rolled by players signify two different moves. Player can choose to move one checker with the sum of the dice or move two checkers with different number on each die.

> Players can move their checkers to any empty point or a point that already has one or more of their checkers already occupying the point.

6. Scoring

> Single game - the first player to bear off all their checkers wins the game.

> Double game - a gammon occurs when the losing player has not beared off any of their checkers when their opponent has beared off all of theirs. The opponent wins that game twice the amount.

> Triple game - this means that a player has beared off their entire checkers and their opponent has not yet beared any off and not in their home space.


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