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By Magounakis Backgammon is a very old game. The ancient Greeks and Romans played the game and in Egypt a board, which is assumed to be a forrunner of a Backgammon board, was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamon.

During its long history Backgammon game has had many different names. The Romans called it “Tabulae” (table), “Tali”(small stones), “Alea” (dice) or “Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum” (twelve-line game). In Macedonia it was called “Plakoto”, in France “Tric Trac” and in Spain “Tables Reales”.
There are many different strategies for winning in Backgammon. But as every game has a very fast pace, you must be able to adjust and sometimes even be able to “predict” your adversary’s move!

Here are some different game strategies:

Racing Position – Pure Race

“Pure race” is a game, where the players do not have any contact with each other, like for instance blocking a point on the adversary’s home quarter. The object is simply to get all your pieces home as quickly as possible and later on to get them out from the board. For a beginner this might be a good strategy.

Holding Game

Holding Game is a position game, where you have an anchor (a spot, which is blocked by two or more pieces) on your adversary’s home quarter. The object is -for as long as possible – to prevent your adversary from taking home his pieces.


The object in Blitz is to keep your adversary out of the game by blocking spots in your home quarter, when your adversary has one or more pieces on the bar.

Blocking Game

The Blocking Game is where you are blocking your adversary behind a blockade of several spots. The ultimate blockade is “prime” – a blockade of six spots.

Back Game

“Back Game” is a strategy, which you can use, when you are lacking far behind in the game and have one or more anchors on the adversary’s home quarter. The idea is to wait until the adversary leaves a blot and hereafter beat the adversary’s piece. In order later on to prevent your adversary from retuning his “taken” pieces you need to make a blockade, preferably a “prime” on the adversary’s home quarter.

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