The Everlasting Backgammon Game

Backgammon has been said to be among the oldest board games. It has existed since nearly about 5,000 years back when traced historically. It was discovered by the archeologist in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago. Its board game containing fifteen pieces in the opposite direction of each other.

It involves two players where each player moves his own pieces in the anticlockwise direction from the upper right side, while his opponent moves clockwise from the foot right side of the board. Players can change the direction of the play it’s optional, as you can prefer to start from the bottom to the top right side of the game or vice vasa. It is moved in twenty-four triangle positions when a player rolls two dice.


Rules Governing Backgammon

One backgammon setup, each side of the board contains 12 track points formed in a horseshoe shape; numbering from 1 to 24. This most commonly utilized format is the one every team begins with 15 pieces; whereby two pieces are put onto every 24 respectively, two pieces on the 8-level then five pieces on the gameboard between every 13 and 6 levels.

Point 1 moving from 6 points is the home of a player on the board, and the outer point 7 which moves to 12 points is called the bar point as well as the 13 points known as the midpoints.

The Rules

  • Two players usually start the game by rolling a single dice to know who first leaves. The player with the higher roll plays using the same dice, and the opponent to roll and make his first move.
  • Players roll their dice turn by turn. The numbers gotten by a player shows how many steps a player moves with his piece.
  • Consider moving the top piece of a triangle always; as your pieces may run over a triangle that has no pieces, or on your pieces as well as on a single piece in opposite to each other.
  • Whenever a single piece moves onto the opposing piece; that piece is removed and is placed in the middle of the board. The player that owns the piece must return it back and from the beginning.
  • Start removing the piece once it has completed its move. This is known as bearing off.
  • A piece bears off when you roll a number when it exits on the board.
  • Whenever a value greater than what is needed to bear off is shown by the wasted dice.
  • All the dice must be used if you can know that you cannot move with only one dice. Play both dices if there is a way to make other moves. Also, if you ever think that you cannot make any other move, allow it to be and think of the next possible moves. If at all there is no possible move, use both dice.
  • When the pieces are all at the top right part of the gameboard, your opponent bears off and the player who controls and manages the bear off all the pieces first will be crowned the winner of the game.


Backgammoning means when a player has won right before his opponent has taken any pieces off, and one piece at least is left for him either at the midpoint or at the bar point.

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