Truly Understanding Backgammon is the Basic Key to the Game

Although an easy game to learn, backgammon requires some kind of strategy and deep thinking. Despite its complex nature, learning the game is easy although some situations need thorough interpretation of the rules. The duration of the game is relatively short, and is often played in a series of matches.

The objective of any player in backgammon is to become the first player to clear off all their pieces in their home board. The first to do so will be the winner. This task will be daunting because the opponents will do everything in order to prevent their opponents from doing so. Both players work on a board with twelve points symbolized by long triangles with alternating colors. In addition, the movement of the checkers proceeds from higher to lower number. The movement of checkers is going to the opponent's board. The numbers shown on the dice determines the direction of the checkers.

Moreover, when a player has no legitimate move, due to the fact that all points have a more than two checkers, he loses his turn. It is required that he use both dice. If using only one dice can have a legitimate move, the player should proceed with the move and then cancel his option with the other dice. If there is a legitimate move for either of the dice, then the higher number should be played. When similar numbers appear on both dice, a double ensues so the player should play both dice two times.

Furthermore, checkers can occupy a certain point if it is vacant or if the checkers occupying the points belong to an offensive player. Likewise, it may occupy a point containing a piece of an opponent (known as a blot). When that point has been hit, the piece on that point is placed on the bar. Checkers are not allowed to occupy a point with more than two checkers. In short, players can never place their checkers in one point simultaneously. A checker on the bar may be allowed to come back to the game through the home board.

Finally, a player who has removed all his fifteen checkers from the board has lost the game by gammon, which has a payout twice the regular bet. On the other hand, the player loses by backgammon if he still has remaining checkers either on the bar or in the home board of his opponent. The payout for a backgammon is three times.