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How to set up a backgammon board

Backgammon is one of the oldest two-player games. Players need to roll the dice and move all the pieces back to their main plate according to the number of points rolled, and then move the pieces off the board. If you want to learn this exciting and fun game of backgammon, first you need to know how to set it up. Start your backgammon journey right from step one.



Method 1

Conventional pendulum method

Understand the structure of backgammon board. Before you start playing backgammon, it is important to understand the basic structure of the board. Before you set the board, you need to know: There are 24 narrow triangles, also known as points, on a backgammon board. The whole board is divided into four areas, each area has six color alternate triangles. Each partition has its own name: player’s primary and external drive, opponent’s primary and external drive. A player’s primary drive is located in their own lower right partition, while the opponent’s primary drive is located in their lower left partition. The main and external disks are opposite each other. The triangles on the board are numbered from 1-24, with no. 1 being the right-most triangle on your main drive, numbered clockwise, and No. 24 being the furthest triangle from the player (the opposite is true, with No. 1 being the left-most triangle on your opponent’s main drive, numbered counterclockwise). Each player’s number is relative to the other player’s number; for example, their triangle number 1 is their opponent’s number 24, their triangle number 2 is their opponent’s number 23, and so on.

2 Players each have 15 pieces. If both players are playing separately, the swing is faster. The pieces are made up of two distinct colors, usually red and white or black and white, but it doesn’t really matter if the colors are different.

3. Put two pieces in triangle 24. No. 24 is the triangle that is “farthest” from the right-most triangle on your host plate (and, conversely, from the left-most triangle on your host plate). The pieces on both sides of the player should be mirror opposite. if you find that the pieces are not facing each other, re-read the rules carefully.

Four or five pieces in triangle 13. Numbers 13 and 24 are on the same side of the board, and are the right-most triangle on the other side’s outer plate. Although you can put the pieces in any order, but according to the order of the number of pieces, you can let the player better understand the movement direction of their own pieces in the game, simulate the pieces to the main plate, win the victory.

5. Put three pieces in triangle number eight. No. 8 is on the same side as the master plate, and close to the master plate.

The last five pieces are placed in triangle number six. These pieces are actually already on your main plate. Players need to remember their numbering rules to avoid overlapping pieces.

7 Start the game. Now that you’ve set up the board, you’re ready to play! Although backgammon’s board structure is simple, the rules of the game sound complicated. Here are a few basic rules for backgammon beginners: Each player’s goal is to move his pieces from the opponent’s main board to his own, and then to move the pieces off the board. The winner is the one who moves all the pieces off the board first. Each round, the player rolls two dice, each of which has a number of rolls that is the number of moves the piece has made. The pieces can only move in one direction, from the opponent’s main plate, over the two outer plates, back to their own main plate. Pieces can only be moved to a favorable position. A vantage point is a position not occupied by any piece or by one or more pieces of one’s side or by only one of the opposing pieces. Your piece cannot land in any triangle that has been occupied by two or more pieces of the other side, i.e. the other side’s “temporary territory”. The opponent will try to keep the pieces safe during the move. To protect the safety of their own pieces, it is necessary to try to make the same triangle at least two pieces of their own. If there is only one of their own pieces on a triangle, the opponent may just be able to attack that piece and move it off the board (this piece is called weak). So the next time you roll the dice, you can only move this piece, starting from the opponent’s master game. If you roll two equal points, you can move double the number of moves. That is, if you roll two equal rolls, you get two more moves. For example, if you roll two threes, you can move four threes. Once all the pieces have been moved back to the main plate, the pieces can begin to “leave”. This is called “moving off the board”. You can only move pieces from the triangle that corresponds to the roll of the die. If there are two pieces on number 5, and you roll a 5 and a 3, only one piece can move away, and the other piece can only move three steps forward to reach triangle number 2, or move a piece on the outer plate to the main plate. If you can’t roll the number of the triangle, you can move the other pieces closer to triangle number 1, but you still have to roll a 1 to move away.

Method 2

Other versions of the checkerboard arrangement

1 special pendulum method. This version of backgammon is played the same way as regular backgammon, but with a different arrangement. Place 2 pieces on number 24, 2 pieces on number 23, 4 pieces on number 13, 3 pieces on number 8, and 4 pieces on number 6. You can also think of it as “borrowing” a piece from number 13 and number 6 to number 23.

Super backgammon placement. Super backgammon is played the same way as regular backgammon, except that the number and positions of the pieces are different. All you have to do is place a piece on triangles 24, 23 and 22, and start this exciting, fast-paced variant of the game.

Long backgammon placement. In this version of the game, players need to place each of their 15 pieces on a 24 triangle. Aside from this significant difference, the rules of the game are the same as regular play.

Dutch backgammon placement. This version of the checkerboard layout is the simplest! In the beginning, all the pieces are not on the board, so you don’t have to make anything at all. While the end goal is always the same — to move all the pieces off the main board — the game starts with the player rolling the dice and the pieces “enter” the opponent’s main board. There is a slight change in the rules of the game. Unless all the pieces have entered the board, one’s own pieces cannot attack the other and reach their own main plate.


Before the plate, should be familiar with the checkerboard structure, reference to some auxiliary pictures are helpful to the plate.

Once you’re familiar with the rules of the plate, you should also be familiar with the gameplay.


Make sure that the pieces on both sides of the player are placed in mirror opposite positions — the number of pieces on one side and the number of pieces opposite should be the same.

Post time: Jun-13-2022