How to Set Up a Backgammon Board

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Backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world and requires strategy and luck. Here are a few easy steps to help you set up a backgammon board so that each player moves in the opposite direction.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Chairs
  • Card Tables
  • Backgammon Sets
  • Backgammon CD-ROMs
  • Unclasp and open the backgammon board flat on a table in front of you.

  • Remove the black and white checkers. Count to make sure there are 15 of each color.

  • Make sure the backgammon set contains four die, a cup to shake them in, and a doubling cube marked with 2, 4, 8 and so on.

  • Notice the pattern of triangles, called points, on either side of the board, and see that the board is divided into four sections called quadrants.

  • Notice the bar that cuts the board in half.

  • Choose which player will play the black checkers and which will play white.

  • Number the points starting with 1 from your home board and going to 24 on your opponent's home board. Number 1 is the point in the lower right-hand corner near you.

  • Count the points in a clockwise direction. Number 24 is the point in the upper right corner of the "outer board."

  • Place two checkers on the 24 point, five on the 13 point, three on the 8 point, and five on the 6 point.

  • Have your opponent place his or her checkers in the same configuration opposite yours.

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