# How To Set Up Backgammon

Backgammon is a classic board game that has been played for centuries. It is a game that requires strategy, skill, and a bit of luck. If you are new to the game and want to learn how to set it up, keep reading.

## Setting Up the Board

To set up a backgammon board, you will need the following:

• A backgammon board with 24 narrow triangles or points, 12 on each side.
• 15 white checkers and 15 black checkers.
• 2 dice

### Step 1:

Set the board on a flat surface with the wider side facing you. Each player's home board is the quadrant of the board closest to them. You will notice that there are 6 triangles or points in each player's home board.

### Step 2:

Each player's outer board is the quadrant of the board farthest from them. You will notice that there are 6 triangles or points in each player's outer board.

### Step 3:

Place five checkers on the 6th point from the right edge of each player's home board. The 6th point is also known as the "bar" or "24-point". The white checkers go on the 6th point on your opponent's side of the board, and black checkers on your own 6th point.

### Step 4:

Place three checkers on the 8th point from the right edge of each player's home board. This is also known as the "23-point". The white checkers go on the 8th point on your opponent's side of the board, and black checkers on your own 8th point.

### Step 5:

Place five checkers on the 13th point from the right edge of each player's outer board. This is also known as the "13-point". The white checkers go on the 13th point on your opponent's side of the board, and black checkers on your own 13th point.

### Step 6:

Place two checkers on the 24th point of each player's outer board. This is also known as the "1-point". The white checkers go on your opponent's 1-point, and black checkers on your own 1-point.

## Playing the Game

Once the board is set up, each player must shuffle the dice to determine who goes first. The player with the higher roll goes first and uses the values of both dice to make their move.

Players take turns rolling two dice and making moves based on the numbers they rolled. They can move one or more of their checkers, but must follow certain rules:

• They can only move onto open points (points with one or no opponent's checkers).
• They can only move their checkers the number of points indicated by the dice roll.
• If a player cannot make a legal move, they must forfeit their turn.

The object of the game is to move all of your checkers into your own home board and then bear them off. The first player to bear off all of their checkers wins the game.

## Conclusion

Setting up a backgammon board is quite simple, but playing the game itself requires strategy, skill, and a bit of luck. Now that you know how to set up the board and the rules of the game, give it a try with a friend or family member. Who knows, you may end up becoming a backgammon pro!

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