Backgammon is straightforward to pick up and
play. The object of the game of Backgammon is for each player
to bring all of their checkers into his home board, and
then to bear them off the board. The first player to clear
all their checkers off the board wins the game.
The rules of backgammon online are the same
rules as playing at home on a traditional backgammon board.
Backgammon is played on a board consisting of 24 narrow
triangles called points.
In backgammon rules, each player starts with
15 stones of one color (either light or dark, normally black
or white stones) that are placed along the 24 points of
the board. The points sometimes known as pips or triangles
alternate in color and are grouped into four quadrants each
containing 6 points. The backgammon board quadrants are
referred to as a home board and outer board. The board is
divided in half by a center partition called the bar. All
points on a backgammon board are distinguished by numbers.
A players' outermost point is the twenty-four point, which
is also his opponents one point.
A doubling cube with the numbers 2, 4, 8,
16, 32, and 64, is used to keep track of the current stake
of the game.
To start a backgammon game, each player rolls
a single dice. This determines both the player to go first
and the numbers to be played. If each player rolls the same
number, then both players have to roll again until the numbers
differ. The player who throws the highest number moves first.
After the first roll, the players throw both dice and take
turn about. The roll of the dice indicates how many points
a player can move his stones. Stones are always moved forward,
to a lower-numbered point. A stone can only be moved to
an open point (one not occupied by two or more opposing
The numbers on the two dice constitute separate
moves. For example, if a player rolls 5 and 3, he may move
one stone five spaces to an open point and another stone
three spaces to an open point, or they may move the one
stone a total of eight spaces to an open point, but only
if the intermediate point (either three or five spaces from
the starting point) is also open.
A player who rolls doubles plays the numbers
shown on the dice twice. A roll of 6 and 6 means that the
player has four sixes to be used when moving his backgammon
stones, they may move any combination of stones they feel
is appropriate to complete their turn. A player must use
both numbers of a roll if legally possible or all 4 numbers
in the case of a double roll.
The backgammon rules state that when only
one number can be played, the player must play that number.
If either number can be played, but not both, a player must
play the higher one. When either number can't be used, a
player loses his turn and doesn't move, the same applies
for a double roll.