The backgammon game can be challenging to understand and learn at first. It requires time and effort on the part of the beginner but it is also very rewarding once you have finally cracked that backgammon code.
It is good for each beginning backgammon player to know what their goal or objective is in backgammon. The goal of backgammon is to get all of your 15 backgammon checkers. The first player who comes down from all his inspectors will be the winner.
To start, roll one of both backgammon players. The numbers must be different or they must roll the dice again. The player with the highest number goes first and uses the two dice numbers to move their inspectors. The backgammon players then alternately toss the two dice. The result is considered as a movement of the inspector by dice or a movement with the sum of the two dice. If a double goes up, or same number is both in the two dice, it is counted as four movements.
The backgammon player inspectors can be moved at a point with their inspectors on it or a spot with a blot, or an opposing inspector. Two opposing backgammon checkers can not occupy the same spot so the blot will be hit or removed and put on the bar.
When two or more backgammon checkers occupy a point then it is a point owned. There is no specific maximum number of backgammon inspectors at one point. The opposing backgammon player is allowed to move beyond that point but he can not occupy it. A bonus is when there are a number of points with the same inspectors in a row. A complete bonus is when there are six points in a row. A backgammon bonus effectively blocks the movement of the other backgammon player. This stops only when the full bonus is broken.
The blots blotches are placed on the bar or divider that separates the home board from the outside board. The inspectors placed in the backgammon bar can not be played and so are the other inspectors. It is only when the backgammon player manages to remove his inspector from the bar by rolling the dice and placing his inspector on the opposing player’s home board he gets to play his other inspectors. If the opponent has a full bonus then it is almost impossible to get a bar inspector. The return goes back to the opponent. A point must be opened before he could proceed.
Players can start taking off or removing their inspectors once the 15 inspectors are on their home board.