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Backgammon For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies)) by Chris Bray

By Chris Bray

A complete and enjoyable consultant to Backgammon!Backgammon is without doubt one of the oldest video games on the planet, the origins of which date again a few 5000 years – and it is nonetheless going robust. It loved an immense resurgence within the Nineteen Seventies, after which back within the Nineties with the recognition of the web, the place hundreds of thousands of individuals play tournaments on-line each day.Today, backgammon's following within the united kingdom is very large, with a committed British Isles Backgammon organization, and countless numbers of face-to-face tournaments occurring around the united kingdom each year.In this booklet, backgammon professional Chris Bray walks you thru the fundamentals of developing a board, commencing recommendations, center and end-game strategies, and tips about whilst to make key strikes. you are going to additionally become familiar with simple possibilities, the doubling dice and the 25% rule. And in an effort to take your gaming extra, there is lots of suggestion to get you begun in match backgammon, in addition to enjoying online.Suitable for either newbies and skilled participant trying to find extra counsel and strategies, Backgammon For Dummies comprises assurance on:Starting and taking part in the GameHandling the center GameBearing Off (The final Lap)Varying the PlayAbout the writer

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Backgammon For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))

A accomplished and enjoyable consultant to Backgammon! Backgammon is among the oldest video games on the earth, the origins of which date again a few 5000 years – and it really is nonetheless going robust. It loved a big 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.

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Like the majority of games (other than craps) that involve dice, you must use a dice shaker to eliminate cheating. Amazingly, a good dice mechanic can cheat and roll a specific number if he’s allowed to roll from his hand. Shakers eliminate this possibility. A dice shaker is a cup (like a drink holder) normally made of leather or plastic. The best dice shakers have a slight ridge just below the lip on the inside so that the dice catch the ridge as they’re projected onto the board and then they roll rather than slide.

At first sight, not much difference exists between the two moves, but a couple of factors come into play: ߜ A point in your home board is normally better than one in the outer boards. ߜ Checkers on the 6-point are the most difficult ones to get into play, so using one efficiently with the 11/5, 6/5 move is a good idea. qxp 9/9/08 8:45 PM Page 43 Chapter 3: Looking at Basic Backgammon Tactics Naming the points Over the years various names have been given to key points on the board: ߜ Backgammon legend Paul Magriel named the 5-point the ‘golden point’ back in the 1970s and the name stuck.

Often both players get all their checkers into their home boards at nearly the same time and then the game becomes simply a dice-rolling contest to see who can get their checkers off first. Paying attention to the points As with every other move in backgammon, bearing off is governed by the roll of the dice. qxp 9/9/08 8:45 PM Page 31 Chapter 2: Playing the Game 31 EX numbered 1 to 6, and each point corresponds to a number on the dice. ) You roll the dice and bear off checkers sitting on the corresponding points.

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