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In Bulgaria, Players Enjoy a Backgammon Variation Called “Tapa”

If you go to Bulgaria (an absolutely beautiful country….I was there about two years ago) you might want to play TAPA. Tapa? It’s a backgammon variation. The word itself means “bottle cap” and it’s an appropriate name because one player is looking to block out the other opponent’s pieces. The movement of the checkers and […]

Backgammon Variants in the Middle East: Tavla inTurkey, Takhteh in Iran

A friend from Iraq (an immigrant…legal I should add) loves backgammon, but he plays a kind of backgammon I was unfamiliar with. So I aksed him about it. Asked him to teach me. And so he did. His game (also common in neighboring Iran, he said) is called Takhtch. Tavla in Turkey. Both games are […]

And Now For Another Cool Backgammon Variation: In Bulgaria, They Play Tapa

Before I get into this week’s variation, I wanted to thank everyone who emailed me wishing my son a speedy recovery from his accident. He did have emergency surgery, and he is recovering. So, thanks everyone. Your good thoughts meant a whole lot to me. Now, to our continuing series on backgammon variants: Tapa. The […]

Backgammon Variant Series: How About the Russian Version, Called “Narde”; it’s Pretty Cool Too

In my never ending search for all the backgammon variant games I can find…cos they are fun… I came across Narde, which is fairly similar to the Turkish Moultezim. Here is how to play: I found these instructions online. So beware. I haven’t played the game yet myself. Setup: Each player starts with fifteen checkers […]

Variations of the Game: Why Not Acey-Ducey

In the game of acey-deucy all the checkers start off on the board. The movement of the checkers around the board is exactly like in regular backgammon. Which means the white checkers have to move from the black home through the black outer board to the white outer board and then

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