Backgammon For Dummies by Chris Bray

By Chris Bray

A entire and enjoyable consultant to Backgammon!

Backgammon is without doubt one of the oldest video games on this planet, the origins of which date again a few 5000 years – and it's nonetheless going powerful. It loved a major resurgence within the Seventies, after which back within the Nineties with the recognition of the web, the place thousands of individuals play tournaments on-line each day.

Today, backgammon's following within the united kingdom is massive, with a committed British Isles Backgammon organization, and thousands of face-to-face tournaments occurring around the united kingdom each year.

In this publication, backgammon professional Chris Bray walks you thru the fundamentals of establishing a board, beginning suggestions, heart and end-game strategies, and pointers on whilst to make key strikes. You'll additionally become familiar with easy chances, the doubling dice and the 25% rule. And for you to take your gaming extra, there's lots of recommendation to get you began in event backgammon, in addition to enjoying on-line.

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Unlimited automatics are like wounded tigers – animals to be avoided at all costs! Making moves You move your checkers in accordance with the numbers shown on the dice, treating each number as a separate move. For example, if the two dice show a 4 and a 2, you can move one checker four points (known as pips) and a different checker two points or you may move one checker six points. The bar doesn’t count as a point. When you roll a double – the number on both dice is the same – you’re entitled to four moves rather than just two.

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 12 11 10 9 6 8 7 5 4 3 2 1 Figure 3-6: Making a point at home or abroad. Black can use his roll of 43 to make his own 5-point with 9/5, 8/5, or his opponent’s 5-point (his own 20-point) with 24/20, 23/20. qxp 44 9/9/08 8:45 PM Page 44 Part I: Starting and Playing the Game Normally, making a point in your opponent’s home board is smart, if you can. Any point in your opponent’s home board is known as an anchor, and the more advanced the anchor – the closer this point is to your home board – the better off you are.

In the days before electricity, the board was always set up with the home boards nearest to the strongest source of light. In the twenty-first century, we no longer have that particular problem! Examining the Rest of the Equipment What else do you need other than the board and the checkers before you start to play? The following sections tell you. qxp 9/9/08 8:44 PM Page 13 Chapter 1: Tackling the Basics of Backgammon 13 Dice In backgammon, the moves are determined by the roll of dice. Each player has two standard dice with six faces each bearing a number from 1 to 6.

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