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The object of the game is for a player to move all of his checkers into his home and then bear them off.

The first player to bear off all of his checkers wins the game.

Section 1

  1. First Moves Introduction

    The first move is the most important move of the game. This is because you’re establishing an attack on a sector of the board.

  2. Doors

    The primary objective is to try to trap the opponent’s checkers.
    You can do this by creating what is called doors.
    Dig b shows a perfect 6 door close. The black checkers have closed in the white checkers and can’t escape.
    This is because you cannot skip opponents checkers if there is a minimum of 2 checkers stacked.

  3. Hitting and Entering

    Hitting is a main factor and the best way of trapping checker pieces.

    You can only hit the opponents checker when one is on its own. If it is stacked with another one then it cannot be taken.

    If a checker is hit then it will try to enter opponents home.

    All of these will be explained in the following examples:

    If a checker is exposed and is hit it is removed from the board and must enter on the following go.

    For example you have played 5 & 4 from here.

    The following role for the black checkers is 6 & 2. The black checker can then hit the white checker because it is a single white checker, then it’s removed.

    Also it will also force the white checker to go back into the black checkers home.

    On the following turn the white would then throw the dice and would put their checker in black checkers home. As you can see on diagram the black checkers home is numbered 6-1.

    White need to access their following turn and would access these spaces accordingly with the dice. So for example 4 & 3 would be able to access in either space 4 or 3. If the dices show 6 & 3 they would not be able to play the 6, because it is blocked by the black checkers.
    Therefore the white checkers are forced to play the 3. If the piece cannot enter they would then they forfeit there turn.

    This is where helps to have lots of doors in your home to trap your opponent.

  4. Bearing Checkers Off

    Once a player has moved all of his fifteen stones into his home board, he can begin bearing off. A player bears off a stone, by rolling a number that corresponds to the point on which the stone resides, and then removing that stone from the board. If there is no stone on the point indicated by the roll, the player must make a legal move using a stone on a higher-numbered point. If there are no stones on the higher-numbered points, the player can remove a stone from the next highest point. A player is under no obligation to bear off if he can make an otherwise legal move. A player must have all of his active stones in his home board in order to bear off.

    If a stone is hit during the bear-off process, the player must bring that stone back to his home board before continuing to bear off.

    Gammonds & Backgammonds

    At the end of the game, if the losing player has borne off at least one stone, he loses only the value showing on the doubling cube (the original wager or one point if there have been no doubles). However, if the loser has not borne off any of his stones, he is gammoned and loses twice the value of the doubling cube. More so, if the loser has not borne off any of his stones and still has a stone on the bar or in the winners' home board, he is backgammoned and loses three times the value of the doubling cube.

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