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Backgammon is a board game that involved two
players trying to move their 15 checkers across the
backgammon board, according to the roll of two dice.
The objective of backgammon is to remove all 15 checkers
from the board before your opponent does. This is done
by first getting all of the checkers into your home
board, and then removing all of your checkers according
to the dice score. This stage of taking your checkers
off of the board is called the bear-off. The winner of
the game, according to backgammon rules, is the player
that succeeds in bearing off all of his checkers first.
To start the game off, the starting player is decided.
In order to decide which player begins first, each of
the players throws one of the two dice. The player who
rolls the higher number initiates the game.
If both players roll the same number, they will throw
the dice again till the numbers differ. The backgammon
player that starts the game uses the number shown on the
dice to move his checker a related number of points.
Learning how to play backgammon is very easy, each
player rolls a single dice. This determines both the
player to go first. Both players roll again if equal
numbers come up, until they roll different numbers. The
highest number moves first. After the first roll, the
players throw both dice and alternate turns. How many
points (or pips) a player can move his stones, is
indicated by the roll of the dice. Stones are always
moved forward, to a lower-numbered point. A stone can
only be moved to an open point (a point not occupied by
two opposing stones).
The two dice constitute separate moves. For example, if
we want to know how to play backgammon's dice indicating
5 and 3, it is the move of one stone five spaces and
another stone three spaces, the player may also move the
one stone eight spaces to an open point, but only if the
intermediate point (either three or five spaces from the
starting point) is open also. A player who rolls doubles
plays the numbers twice. A roll of 6 and 6 means that
the player has four sixes, he may move any combination
of stones he wants to complete this move. Player must
use all his numbers if legally possible. When only one
number can be played, the player must play that number.
A player must play the higher number If either one can
be played, but not both. A player loses his turn when
either number can't be used.