Backgammon Help: The object of backgammon is to move all of your pieces into you home board area and then bear them off.

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Backgammon Rules

1) A player may move their checker only to a point that is open, meaning two or more opposing checkers cannot occupy the space.

2) The numbers that are shown on the two dice make up two separate moves. If a player rolls a 6 and a 2, then they can move one checker six spaces to an open point and another checker two spaces to a point that is open. The player may also choose to move one checker a total of eight spaces to an open point. Backgammon rules state that this move can only be done when three or five spaces are open from the starting point.

3) When rolling a double, a player is supposed to play double the number that is shown on the dice. For example, if two 3's were rolled, then the player could move three spaces for a total of 4 different times. Backgammon rules state that this move can be accomplished in any way they see fit using the numbers that were tossed.

4) When tossing the dice, a player must play both of the numbers that are shown on that roll. All possible legal moves must be used. In the event that only one number can be played, it must be taken. If either number can be used, but not both of them, the larger number must be used. A player loses their turn when neither number can be played. Backgammon rules state that in the case of doubles, as many numbers as possible that can be played should be played at the time of that turn.

Check out the Wikipedia backgammon page for more info!

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