Backgammon Basics, History
Backgammon, one of the oldest games in
existence, dates back more than 4000 years and is believed to have been developed by the
ancient Egyptians. It is not a game of luck as many perceive, but rather, a strategic
visual game of war; in many ways as difficult to master as chess or checkers. Although an
element of luck is involved, a skilled player uses intuition, creativity and psychology to
beat the opponent.
The goal of this game is to move all player's checkers into his home board and then bear them off (i.e. remove them from the board). The first player to remove all of his checkers wins the game.
Board & Pieces
Backgammon is typically a two-player board game consisting of player's and opponents' "home" boards and "outer" boards. Each board is subdivided into six alternately colored triangles called "points". The home and outer boards are separated down the center by a partition called the "bar".
The points are numbered for either player starting in that player's home board. The outermost point is the twenty-four point, which is also the opponent's one point. Each player has fifteen checkers of his own color. The initial board arrangement of checkers is: two on each player's twenty-four point, five on each player's thirteen point, three on each player's eight point, and five on each player's six point.
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