Learning the Rules of Online Backgammon

Backgammon has always been one of the most popular board games even before it was introduced online. Nowadays, you can find numerous websites offering online backgammon games. In fact, your computer is probably equipped to run a backgammon online game. If your computer runs on a Windows Operating System, you probably have a backgammon game installed. By default, the game of backgammon is included in the games built-in the computer's operating system. So, it's not surprising why backgammon has gained immense popularity online.

Ironically, this game is not new. It has been around for about 5000 years. It is actually one of oldest games in history. It was first played in Mesopotamia but was then known as "wee battle".

The popularity of online backgammon may also be credited to the fact that this game has fairly simple rules. It wouldn't take you a considerable period to learn the rules of the game. Basically, it requires two players and both of these players are assigned a home board and an outer board. Each of the players has 15 pieces to use when playing. Think of the board as something similar to a chess board or a checkers board and you would understand the mechanics even better.

When playing the game, you need to move the 15 pieces to your home board; and while moving the pieces, you need to bear them off the board. You win the game if you were able to successfully bear off your pieces ahead of your opponent. Remember that your pieces can only go in one direction and the direction would depend on the color of the particular piece.

A white piece moves clockwise and a black piece moves counterclockwise. Before you or your opponent moves their respective pieces, you both would have to roll a virtual dice. If you score higher than your opponent, you get the chance to move your pieces ahead of your opponent; otherwise, your opponent moves his pieces first.

Although there are a couple of dice that you roll, they account for separate numbers. So, if one dice rolls three and another rolls two, you can either choose to count the dice as five and move one piece six spaces or you can choose to count them separately and accordingly move your pieces separately.

There are still many backgammon rules that you need to familiarize yourself with if you want to play online backgammon. It is only by learning the basic rules that you stand a chance to defeat your opponent.

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