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Backgammon rules

Backgammon is one of the classic board games on our website, together with Reversi and Mastermind.

Objective

The object of the game is to move all your pieces (you control the white stones) from the top-left corner of the board clockwise to the bottom-left corner and then off the board, while your opponent does the same in the opposite direction.

Gameplay

Click on the dice to roll, click on a stone to select it, and again on a game space to move it. Each die result tells you how much you can move one piece, so if you roll a five and a three, you can move one piece five spaces, and another three spaces. Or, you can move the same piece three, then five spaces (or vice versa). Rolling doubles allows you to make four moves instead of two.

Note that you can't move to spaces occupied by two or more of your opponent's pieces, and a single piece without at least another ally is vulnerable to being captured. Therefore it's important to try to keep two or more of your pieces on a space at any time.

Strategy

The strategy comes from attempting to block or capture your opponent's pieces while advancing your own quickly enough to clear the board first.

Further info

The black and white indicator below the board indicates the current balance of strength.

This Backgammon game is entirely written in Javascript, and its core is small and fast-loading (<60 kb). In order to balance strength, luck will slightly favor the computer.

Backgammon 1.1, copyright © twb

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