Backgammon Tips for Beginners

Do you want to get ahead in your game of backgammon? Want to impress the guys and score brownie points with that hot babe and play your favorite backgammon game at the same time? Well, I’m here to help you do just that. The following are tips to remember in playing backgammon. I recommend this especially for those just getting started into backgammon.

Before that, let me give you some trivia about backgammon. Did you know that many still debate about the origin of the name backgammon? It is said that backgammon came from the Welsh “back” meaning little and “gammon’ which means battle? Others, however, contend that the word backgammon came from the Saxon “bac” which means back and the word “gamen” meaning game.

Did you also know that this popular game we are accustomed to call backgammon goes by different names in different countries? You bet it does. The French and the Middle Easters call it Tric-Trac, Germans dub it as Puff, the Italians Tavole Reale, the Spanish Tablas Reales and many others. Pretty cool, right? Anyway, here are some tips recommended by our local backgammon masters.

  • Tip 1: If you don’t know yet, players are allowed to redouble. This means that if your opponent you are doubled to two you can redouble to four once it’s your turn to roll. It’s pretty simple but you’ll be surprised how many backgammon players forget about this. Try to use this to your advantage.
  • Tip 2: Try to constantly double when you have nothing to lose. Why? Because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! For example, you’re in a 3-match backgammon game and the score is 2-1 with you trailing behind. If you double then you win the match. If you don’t double, you’ll be forced for another game if you win. Take your chances. After all, you have nothing to lose.
  • Tip 3: If you have a 25% and higher chance of winning backgammon, you should accept double. Why is this so? If you play 4 games and each time you doubled and drop each you lose 4 points. If you win and take ¼ of the game then you’ll lose 6 points and win 2, with a net of -4. So, this evens out the game although, this tip doesn’t consider you being gammoned. If there is a significant chance you’ll be gammoned, you will most likely drop.
  • Tip 4: Even if it seems safer not to, remember to take risky moves. This doesn’t usually work for beginners but if you’ve seen the backgammon masters doing it and you have the guts to do them yourself, then why not? Go ahead. No fear.
  • Tip 5: Lastly, always remember that experience is the best teacher. Practice playing more backgammon and you’ll be surprised where this could lead you. Remember, even our local backgammon studs started somewhere.

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