More Backgammon Rules

For players who are keen on learning how to play backgammon, here are some more rules that you need to learn to ensure a successful venture.

A blot refers to a checker occupying any point on the board which can be attacked by the other player. Checkers with varying colors may not occupy a similar point. You can remove a blot by occupying it along with one of your opponent's checkers. This action is known as hitting the blot.

When a blot has been hit, it is removed from the board and placed on the bar. It will not be in play until it rejoins in your opponent's inner board only when the numbers on the thrown dice is unoccupied by more than two checkers of your opponent.

If no point is available, you lose your roll. On the other hand, if you can enter multiple but not your entire checkers, you are required to enter as many as possible and then forfeit your remaining turn.

Another important thing that you need to learn when learning how to play backgammon is the use of the doubling cube. This is a dice with the numbers 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 shown on their face. The aim the doubling cube is to increase the stakes during matches and tournaments.

The doubling cube can be introduced at any point of the game. You may offer to double the stakes if you think that your opponent is at a disadvantage. However, you can only do this if it is your turn and before rolling the dice. In doubling, the number 2 should be positioned face up. The opponent given the offer to double can accept or reject such offer. However, if your opponent refuses, they lose the game.

On the other hand, once your opponent accepts the offer to double, they are the only ones who can make an offer to double the stakes again. This time the number 4 should be on a face up position. In backgammon, the first player to bear off all their pieces wins the game. If your opponent is unable to remove all of their checkers from the board, you win a gammon which is twice the standard win.

A backgammon or triple win takes place when your opponent was unable to bear off and still has their pieces on the bar or in your home board.

Backgammon is fun and exciting. Learning these rules on how to play backgammon can make the game more enjoying.

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