## Are there professional backgammon players?

Ed O’Laughlin of Florida in the USA has played live backgammon for many years. Now retired from his regular day job, O’Laughlin has been getting out to more and more events and says that playing professional backgammon has become his life.

## What are the best opening moves in backgammon?

Beginning players are often surprised to learn that 3 and 1 are the best opening numbers you can roll. After all, with a grand total of four pips, this is a pretty puny roll. Sure, you get to make a point, but there are other rolls that make good points too, like 4-2 (the four-point) and 6-1 (the bar-point).

**Is Backgammon still popular?**

Despite the fact that it has existed for several millennia, backgammon is still enjoyed among people from all over the world. Not only does this fun board game have a worldwide fan base, but there are also backgammon tournaments where the best players compete against each other for lucrative prizes.

**What is the beaver rule in backgammon?**

A beaver is only allowed in a money game session. To beaver means to redouble, retaining control of the cube, immediately after your opponent doubles. For more information see the glossary at Backgammon Galore.

### Is there any strategy to backgammon?

The running game is the simplest backgammon strategy. It involves running your checkers towards your home board as swiftly as possible. Beginners who believe that higher rolls always win a game of backgammon are generally only familiar with the running game strategy.

### What Colour are the pieces on a backgammon board normally?

Backgammon is played by two persons. The board comprises four sections, or tables, each marked with six narrow wedges, or points, in two alternating colours. A vertical line called the bar divides the board in half, separating the “inner” and “outer” tables. There are 15 white and 15 black pieces, often called stones.

**Can you play backgammon by yourself?**

Playing yourself, playing the computer, or playing someone else doesn’t matter. What matters is if you put your game into xg and look at your mistakes and figure out what the logic is behind the right play.

**What should I look for in a backgammon set?**

4 Things to Look for in a Quality Backgammon Set

- 1) Quiet Sets are Good Sets. This should be the first test of any board you play on.
- 3) Weight. Unless you have been hitting the gym seriously hard lately, then it shouldn’t be too easy to swing your backgammon board around.
- 4) Customizable.
- Find the Quality Backgammon Set for You.

#### Do you move clockwise in backgammon?

Backgammon is a game played by two players. The game is laid-out asymmetrically. White’s direction of travel is counter-clockwise, whereas black’s direction of travel is clockwise. (There is no advantage to either side due to this asymmetry.)

#### What size is a standard backgammon board?

44cm x 55cm

**Can you make money playing backgammon?**

Like most board games, backgammon can be played for real money or just for fun. The rules are easy to learn, but the strategy is hard to master. It requires some significant understanding of probability and how they affect dice.

**Is backgammon a game of skill?**

Backgammon is a game of skill, and the more skill you have, the more likely you are to win. That is proven time and time again in tournaments and match results. But it is proven only in the long run. In the short run, just about anyone can beat anyone given enough luck, and when you have dice, you have luck.

## Can you combine dice in backgammon?

The dice must be rolled together and land flat on the surface of the right-hand section of the board. The player must reroll both dice if a die lands outside the right-hand board, or lands on a checker, or does not land flat.

## Do you have to roll the exact number to bear off in backgammon?

The rules require that you use both numbers of your roll (all four numbers of a double) if possible. If you can make moves which do not involve bearing off, you are free to do so. Otherwise, you must bear off if that is your only legal play.

**What is the best strategy for backgammon?**

Top Backgammon Tips

- When you’re ahead in the race, race.
- Don’t make stacks.
- Hit blots, make points.
- If you have a choice between plays and one of them makes your opponent’s 5-point then do that – you’ll be right most of the time and even if you’re wrong it won’t be by much.
- 5- primes are good but 6-primes are even better.

**What’s the difference between a gammon and a backgammon?**

A gammon occurs when a game is over and the losing player still hasn’t borne off (i.e. removed from the board) any of their chips. A backgammon occurs when the losing player hasn’t borne off any chips and also has chips remaining in the winning player’s home (inner) quadrant or on the bar.

### Is Backgammon difficult to learn?

very easy to teach and learn the rules. Very difficult to master. It’s nice though, unlike most classics it works well between a novice and more experienced player still as the novice tends to still win sometimes unlike games like chess. It’s best though played over say a 7-point series using the doubling cube.

### What is the extra dice for in backgammon?

The doubling cube keeps track of the current stakes of the game. Backgammon can be played as a series of games with players competing to reach a certain number of points to win or as a set number of games, after which the player with the most points at the end wins.

**What is the Crawford rule in backgammon?**

The Crawford rule states that if one player reaches a score one point short of the match, neither player may offer a double in the immediately following game. This one game with no doubling is called the Crawford game.

**What size backgammon set should I get?**

44mm

#### Is Backgammon a skill or luck?

Backgammon is a game that combines chance and skill, and everyone who comes across it asks “how much is luck, and how much skill?”. The answer of course is “it depends”. Consider that for two exactly equally skilled players, the result appears to be 100% luck and the best forecast for a result is a coin flip.

#### What does x2 mean in backgammon?

Double Double

**Why is the 5-point so important in backgammon?**

Taking control of your own 5-point is vital in establishing two consecutive inner board points and robbing your opponent immediately of an advanced anchor or a safe advanced re-entry off the bar.

**Can you move the same check twice in backgammon?**

You can also move the same checker twice as long as neither move lands on a blocked point. A point is blocked if your opponent has two or more checkers on that point. You are allowed to land on a point where the opponent only has one checker.

## Which direction do you go in backgammon?

Understand the backgammon board.

- The players sit facing each other at opposite sides of the board when they play.
- The player moves his checkers from the direction of the other player’s home board in a horse-shoe like direction, moving counterclockwise.

## What is the Jacoby rule in backgammon?

The “Jacoby rule”, named after Oswald Jacoby, allows gammons and backgammons to count for their respective double and triple values only if the cube has already been offered and accepted. The Jacoby rule is widely used in money play but is not used in match play.

**Why is backgammon so expensive?**

Backgammon sets can be made from many different materials and the more expensive the material, the higher the overall cost. Also, the craftsmanship on a handmade backgammon set can push the price into hundreds or thousands of pounds.

**Do Doubles count when bearing off in backgammon?**

When bearing off – the doubles are handled the same way as you surmised. A pair of twos is treated as fours 2’s to play. So if you have 4 pieces on the 1/2 points, you could bear them off. Or you could move 4 blocks 2 points each.

### Can you move backwards in backgammon?

You can move one checker three points forward and the another two points. There is no moving your checkers backwards in backgammon, you always move your checkers in the direction from the 24-point to your Ace-point.