How do you get off the board in backgammon?

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The object in backgammon is to move all of your checkers around the board into your home board and then bear them off. The first player to get all their checkers off the board is the winner.

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People also ask, do you have to roll the exact number to bear off in backgammon?

To bear off one man, you need the exact dice to just remove it. This means that to bear off a man on the 3 point, you need to roll a 3. The farthest men can always bear-off, even if the dice is greater than the checker position. In the position below, if white rolls a 6, it can bear off the checker from the 5 point.

Additionally, can you stack more than 5 in backgammon? There is no limit to the number of checkers that can be on one point. In fact, it is possible to have all fifteen of your checkers on one point at the same time (though this is very rare). When you have more than five checkers on a point, it is usually a good idea to stack some of the checkers on top of others.

Beside above, what are the rules of backgammon?

If a player rolls two of the same number, called doubles, that player must play each die twice. For example, a roll of 5-5 allows the player to make four moves of five spaces each. On any roll, a player must move according to the numbers on both dice if it is at all possible to do so.

What is bearing off in backgammon?

Once all pieces are present in a player's inner table, that player can start "bearing off". A throw of 1 allows a player to bear off a piece from point 1 of his inner table, a throw of 2 allows a player to bear off a piece from point 2 of his inner table and so on. Pieces borne off are simply removed from the board.

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What are the official rules of checkers?

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Single pieces are always limited to forward moves (toward the opponent). A piece making a non-capturing move (not involving a jump) may move only one square. A piece making a capturing move (a jump) leaps over one of the opponent's pieces, landing in a straight diagonal line on the other side.

What is the best strategy for backgammon?

The running game is the simplest backgammon strategy. It involves running your checkers towards your home board as swiftly as possible. As you might expect, if both players play a running game, whoever rolls better will win the game.

What is a Backgammon win?

A Backgammon is a type of win that occurs when the losing player has not removed any checkers from the board AND has a checker on the bar or in the winning player's home. When a player wins by backgammon he receives triple (3x) the original win amount.

Who goes first in backgammon?

To decide who goes first, you and your opponent each roll one die. In the case of a tie, you both roll again. The player who rolls the higher number goes first. That player does not roll the dice again; they play the two numbers just rolled on their first turn.

Is Backgammon easy to learn?


Backgammon is a game of luck and skill, but there is a lot more skill than you think. The funny thing about this game is that the worse you play, the unluckier you will seem to be. You cannot learn the game well simply by playing.

What is a double in backgammon?

Double. An offer made by one player to his opponent during the course of the game (on that player's turn, but before he has rolled the dice) to continue the game at twice the current stakes. The opponent may refuse the double, in which case he resigns the game and loses the current (undoubled) stakes.

What is the big die for in backgammon?

The Backgammon doubling cube is just like a regular die, while a bit bigger, having the numbers 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 printed on its faces. The doubling cube keeps track of the current stakes in the game. A normal Backgammon game begins with a value of one point.

What is Jacoby rule in backgammon?

Jacoby Rule. [Named for Oswald Jacoby, who proposed the rule.] A rule popular in money play which says that gammons and backgammons (2) count only as a single game if neither player has offered a double during the game. The Jacoby rule is not used in match play.

Can you go backwards in backgammon?

You can move one checker three points forward and the another two points. There is no moving your checkers backwards in backgammon, you always move your checkers in the direction from the 24-point to your Ace-point.

What is a Backgammon In backgammon?


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A gammon occurs when a game is over and the losing player still hasn't borne off (i.e. removed from the board) any of their chips. A backgammon occurs when the losing player hasn't borne off any chips and also has chips remaining in the winning player's home (inner) quadrant or on the bar.

What is the 64 dice in backgammon?

The backgammon doubling cube resembles a regular die, but it is a little larger, and it has the numbers 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 printed on its faces. The doubling cube keeps track of the current stakes of the game.

How do you score in backgammon?

The traditional way, where a game is worth one point, a gammon (where one player wins before the other player has removed any pieces) is worth two points, and a backgammon (where one player wins while the other player still has a piece in their opposing inner table or on the bar) is worth four points.

How many doubles can you roll in backgammon?

If you roll a double (for example 6 and 6) you play the dice numbers twice. Doubles constitute to four moves. You are required to use all moves of a roll if it is legally possible. If you cannot use all of your rolls, you must use the ones you can, skipping the others.

What is the beaver rule in backgammon?

A beaver is only allowed in a money game session. To beaver means to redouble, retaining control of the cube, immediately after your opponent doubles. For more information see the glossary at Backgammon Galore.

What is a skunk in backgammon?


A completed game of backgammon (1) in which the losing player has not borne off any checkers and still has one or more checkers on the bar or in the winner's home board. A backgammon is also called a triple game because the winner receives three times the value of the doubling cube. Compare: Single Game and Gammon.

What does bear off mean in backgammon?

The final stage of a backgammon game is called the bear off (meaning you take your checkers off the board). Most of these games played usually end in the cube being passed. But when the game gets to a bear off, the lead can sway back and forth and the value of the game doubles over and over.

Do you have to play both dice in backgammon?

The dice must be rolled together and land flat on the surface of the right-hand section of the board. The player must reroll both dice if a die lands outside the right-hand board, or lands on a checker, or does not land flat.