Backgammon for Beginners. Second in a Continuing Series: How the Checkers Move on the Roll of the Dice
Last time, about three weeks ago (when I first started this series), I began with the set up of the board. Really the opening act of a beginner’s series.
I know that some of you thought it was retarded to start REALLY at the beginning, but lookit, there are folks out there who don’t have a clue how to play.
So I’ll make you this promise. It’s Christmas. Be nice.
I am not doing this series every week and once the World Series of Backgammon begins, I PROMISE to concentrate on that. Meanwhile…here is a primer on how the checkers move.
The checkers can move only forward, to the lowest numbered points.
Checkers can move only to an open point, a point not occupied by two or more checkers.
The checkers move according to the roll of the dice. if you roll 4-5, you can move one checker 4 points and another checker 5 points and you can move one checker 9 points.
When you roll doubles, you can move the checkers twice the number shown on both dice to any legal direction.
All the numbers shown on the dice must be used; if it is impossible, you can move the biggest number, and if it is impossible too, you must lose your turn.
Got it? Good.