Beginners' Version of Backgammon Rules

Backgammon has basic rules and features that beginners should learn. Here is a simplified version of backgammon rules and features and a few appraisals of the same.

First, we examine a backgammon board. It has 24 triangles. These are officially called points. They are always in alternating colors. The board itself is divided into four areas or quadrants. In each area or quadrant are 6 points or triangles. Backgammon rules say each player (only two players are allowed each game) is assigned a "home board" and an "outer board." These boards are separated in the middle by the bar. "Hit" checkers are placed on the bar for a period. According to backgammon rules, only when a turn comes again can hit checkers re-enter in the enemy's home board.

The starting position of a backgammon game should satisfy backgammon rules; two checker pieces or soldiers should be placed on each of the participant's 24 point on the board, 5 checker pieces should be placed on each of the player's 13 point, 3 checker pieces should be on the 8 point of each player, and 5 checker pieces should placed on the 6 point of each player. Once this set up is done as per backgammon rules, we're ready to play.

The direction of the play should be from the enemy's home board going to the enemy's outer board. Then, according to backgammon rules, the direction continues from our outer board going to our home board. The checker pieces or "men" or soldiers" should be moved to their home boards. They are to be moved one or several pieces at a time around going to their home board. Their movement is determined by the dice results that, based on backgammon rules, decide how many points or spaces or triangles they can travel.

While trying to move their checker pieces on the board to their respective home boards each player tries to strategize tactics within backgammon rules. These are aimed at stalling or preventing enemy checkers from smoothly crossing the board to their home board. Basically, they block paths by priming (checkers standing in a row) or stalling by hitting (making the enemy wait).

When we get all the checkers across to our home board it's time to bear them off. Backgammon rules say the player who first successfully bears off each checker piece wins in the backgammon game.

So, with this basic knowledge of the main backgammon rules and strategies, we can proceed to learn other advanced backgammon procedures.