Standard Rules on Backgammon Board Set up

Before you play backgammon you should get your board set up. There are a few backgammon rules to we need to cover. But before you can get started, a little background information regarding the your board is necessary.

The outline of your backgammon board is symmetrical. You have 24 long narrow triangles, half for your side and half for your opponent's, that alternate in color, which are called points. That central ridge, which is raised, that divides your board in two is called the bar.

Everything to the left side of the bar is called the outer board and everything on the right side of the bar is called the home board. Though, some would have it the other way around and some will call it outer table and inner table instead but it is a matter of preference we ill stick with our present terms for easy reference.

You will then notice that your board will have four quadrants. These are namely your outer board (including six points to the left of the bar on your side of the board), your home board (including six points to the right of the bar on your side), your opponent's outer board, and your opponent's home board.

The points on your board are given numbers, again the sequence go the other way around and is a matter of preference. The numbers start from your home board from the first point on the right. That's point number one and then you proceed all the way to your outer board and you end up with point number 12. Point number 13 is on your opponent's outer board, which is the first one from the left, and you continue assigning numbers towards your opponent's home board up to point number 24.

After you have the orientation of the board fixed placing your backgammon checkers is rather easy since we have our points of reference. Just take note that other people would prefer to have the numbering sequence in the opposite direction.

Here's what you do to arrange your checkers on the board. You get to choose which 15 checkers to play. Place five of your checkers on point number five (the one exactly to the right of the bar) and also place five of your opponent's on point number point number 19 on the opposite side.

Place two of your checkers on point 24 and two of your opponent's on point number one. Place five of your checkers on point number 13, first point on the left of your opponent's outer board. Place five of your opponent's checkers on 12 point. Place three on point number eight and three of your opponent's checkers on the 17 point.

Other backgammon variants will have a different arrangement. But these are the standard backgammon rules on board set up that you'll need.


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