On this site, we will cover basic tips for all backgammon beginners, giving you that slight edge when playing another beginner. These are general tips for your convenience and you may build on these in your own style once you get up and running with the game.
Once you are no longer a beginner you will be able to move up a level, and hopefully thanks to our helpful tips you will reach this goal in no time. If so please tell all your friends and family about us, the more people we can help to master the game that is “Backgammon” the better. Let’s get started.
About the Board and Counters
Backgammon is basically a race between 2 players to see who removes all their counters from the board first. The board is built up of 2 sides normally which is folded and 4 sections. The design of the board is normally in a pointed triangle design, these are called points (check out different board designs here), with 24 of them in total, 12 on each side of the board. Some boards will have different sized triangles and some the same, different colours and some shapes, this doesn’t affect the game. Normally coloured Red and Black with counters to match this is the more traditional and most widely used, it just depends on your preference. You will take one side of the board and your opponent the other.
You will take one side of the board and your opponent the other. This will determine where your “Home Board” will be located. This will always be the opposite side to your starting position. As you can see from the diagram below you need to travel in a semi-circle motion to reach the opposite side of the board from where you started the game. The board is split into 4 sections, these are named “Home Board” and an“outer Board” these are positioned from right to left, and are mirrored on the opposite side. Both boards are separated by the central strip called the “Bar”, normally the folding point for the board.
Let’s set up the board ready to play, each player will have 15 counters, and be different colours as to not get them mixed up during a game. Normally red or black or white are most commonly used, but if you have another colour this doesn’t matter, as long as you each have 15 counters in differing colours.
Each player must place 2 counters on his 24th point, 3 counters on his 8th point, 5 counters on his 13th point and 5 last counters on his 6th point. Your opponent will do the same with his 1st point being your 24th point. See the diagram above for help. That’s it your board is ready for your first game.