Backgammon is a fun two-player board game that has been around for thousands of years, but what is the game and how exactly is it played?
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world. Many believe it may be THE oldest game in the world. However, there is no concrete evidence to prove or disprove that theory.
What’s important is that backgammon has been around for a very long time which shows how much fun it is to play. If it wasn’t fun, the game would have died out a long time ago.
This almost happened around 1920. The game was dying and the public had lost interest. However, someone came up with the idea of adding the doubling cube. That shot an incredible amount of life back into the game. Its popularity began to spread around the world, especially in the United States.
By the 1970s, it was the most commonly played game in the country. At that time, you could find people playing backgammon on the beach, at coffee shops, in their homes and pretty much anywhere else you can imagine. The game was everywhere. Think of the poker boom of a few years ago. It was similar to that.
Will backgammon ever be as popular as poker? Maybe. What most people don’t know is that overhead cameras are now being used at the biggest backgammon tournaments across the world.
This allows other people to watch these matches from their computers in real-time. If someone could pull off a deal to get a tournament aired on TV, then you could see an even bigger backgammon boom than the 1970s.
This is a very important point. Imagine you could have mastered the game of Texas Hold ‘Em prior to the poker boom. You would have made a fortune because you would have been so far ahead of the majority of your competition. You now have a chance to do this with backgammon. This game isn’t simple, but it’s not complicated, either. With the right training, you can master the game in fewer than six months.
In regards to strategy, many people try to classify themselves as a certain type of player. This is a mistake. The best backgammon players let the dice determine what strategy they’re going to implement for that game or match.
For example, if you’re playing a match to 5, and you’re down 4-3, then the Crawford Rule is in place. The Crawford Rule means that you can’t use the doubling cube on match point. However, if you win that game, you can double the next game.
If you’re down 4-3, and the Crawford Rule is in place, then you shouldn’t be running. You should be playing for a gammon. A gammon is worth two points, which would win you the match. This is a much better approach than having to win two games in a row.
You also don’t have to worry about getting gammoned because you would lose the match whether or not your opponent scored one or two points. Therefore, you can be aggressive. If your blots get hit, you can set up a back game. If your blots don’t get hit, then you will have an opportunity to set up a 5 or 6-point prime, which pretty much means game over for your opponent.
A prime traps your opponent and forces him to crash his board. That way, even if one of your blots gets hit, it will be easy to get back in.
In backgammon, some people classify themselves as runners, builders or back game players. It’s much better to let who you’re playing, the current score, the dice and other variables to determine your strategy. Good luck in your backgammon ventures. If you take it seriously, you will do very well.