Backgammon For Dummies: A Short Guide

Backgammon For Dummies: A Short Guide

Backgammon is an exciting game, and it has grown and evolved to become a more interesting game to play especially with the endless opportunities available on the Net.

For the backgammon novice, you might have had your interest piqued the moment you started to play your first game. However, you might want to know more about the game, its origins, rules, and most common strategies to make playing more interesting.

Here are some of the most important things you need to know about backgammon.

1. Backgammon most likely started in Mesopotamia, where it was a favorite of the royals. Remnants of a game that resembled backgammon were also found in Iran and these were most likely played around 3000 B.C.

2. The game 'backgammon' probably started in England, and it is derived from 'back' and 'gammen' which means 'to play'.

3.To win the game you must be able to move all your pieces past those of your opponents, and from there remove them from the board.

3. Your opponent can perform block or hit maneuvers to prevent you from getting your pieces past his pieces.

4. Backgammon resumed its popularity in the 1990s along with the expansion of the influence of the Internet. Now, there are a lot of online sites solely dedicated to the game that allows you to play the game online for free or for a minimal fee. Ineternet sites are also excellent sources of tips, strategies, and maneuvers on how to win at the game.

5. The doubling cube, introduced in the late 1920s, is the most recent addition to the game. The cube allows the player to perform the best maneuver that gives him the highest opportunity of winning from a particular position.

6. Popular variants of backgammon includes acey deucey, hypergammon, and nackgammon.

7. There are many local and international backgammon tournaments done over the year. The most popular are held in Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and in Monte Carlo, where the World Backgammon championship is held.

This is just skimming on the surface of what backgammon really is, and how exciting it be for you. You can find a lot of additional information about the game online. Many sites dedicated to backgammon will show you how to play the game, how to use the different strategies and maneuvers to your advantage, and basically how to have fun playing backgammon.

8. There are a lot of online backgammon sites that allow you to play for money. Monetary values are assigned to points or to certain scores, or when a player chooses to end a game.