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Backgammon Variations

People who play backgammon fanatically may soon find that their skills are not challenged anymore due to the same starting position and the limited amount of strategies. Once someone played enough backgammon all the different moves or strategies are limited to the same set-ups and the same combination of numbers appear on the dice. Just like there are variations of the classic Chess, the same happened with the classic Backgammon. There are also other versions of backgammon that either are hybrids of the known ones or cannot be added to the list due to their special rules. Find other rules and strategies on casinos online.It is important for a player to fully understand the different types of games in order to move up to the challenge and start playing with doubling strategies and with more sophisticated point systems. Understanding the doubling point system will allow the player to net far more points. Interestingly enough there are many different versions and variants of the backgammon rules. Some are different due to the traditional rules of the region, while other varies in order to add new elements and tactics to the game. Such differences include altering the starting point, restricting certain moves or assigning special values to the dice numbers.


One of the most popular variations of Backgammon is Acey-Deucey. The players begin the game with no checkers on the board. Instead they’re target is to get them all on as fast as possible to start playing. Rolling 1 and 2 allows the player to select any doubles of his choice and also when the player rolls 1 and 2 or doubles he can play for an extra turn. There are some variants of Acey-Deucey as well: there is the American Acey-Deucey, popular amongst the US Navy, Marine Corps since the World War I. The differentiation from the original is that players begin playing with all their checkers off the board. The winner of the first roll re-rolls. When a player rolls 1 and 2, the player gets to name which double number he wishes to play and then rolls again. The winner scores one point for each opposing checker still left on the board. This game does not use the doubling cube. Then there is the European Acey-Deucey, the only difference with the American is that the doubles are played on both sides of the dice. There is also the Greek Acey-Deucey variation with its unique feature, allowing you to force your opponent to hit one of your blots. Finally there is the Mexican Acey-Deucey, in which you are only permitted to have a maximum of 5 checkers on each position.


Next are the Middle Eastern and Greek variations of Backgammon (Tavli). Fevga, a Greek variant similar to the Turkish Moultezim and the Russian Narde, forbids hitting your opponent’s checker, even if there is only one on a position. Each player starts with fifteen checkers on the far-right side of the board, in diagonal corners from each other. Both players move in the same direction from left to right around the board. Gul Bara very similar to the Turkish Moultezim has also the unique feature that one checker controls one position but also doubles are very powerful. When someone rolls doubles, he is permitted to play his roll in the traditional way but then plays every succeeding doubles left, up to double sixes. Plakoto is the most popular of the three versions in Greece. The three games (Fevga, Plakoto and Portes) together are called Tavli and are usually played one after the other in matches up to three, five, or seven points. The distinctive feature of Plakoto is that the opponent’s checkers are pinned down, locked rather than hit. A similar game is played in Bulgaria, called Tapa. Portes, the third version of Greek Backgammon (Tavli) is similar to the original one. The winner of the opening roll is allowed to re-roll for his next first turn. The winner scores one point for a normal win and two points when he wins with a gammon. With Gioul, a game originating from Turkey, the setup and movement are the same as feyga or Gul Bara a single checker on one position forms a block. The unique feature of Gioul is the way the doubles work. When a player rolls doubles, he plays the number he rolled and all the successive doubles up to the double sixes. If he cannot play his entire roll, the opponent takes over and there is no doubling cube included in the game. Finally, there is the Never-Finishing Game, invented by Nicholas Frantzis. It’s a combination of Portes and Plakoto.


The Modern Games are also numerous and diverse. Hypergammon, in which the players have only 3 checkers each, they start off with one checker placed on either the 24th, 23rd and 22nd position of the board. This game is what we call a strongly-solved game. Nackgammon is yet another variation, invented by Nack Ballard. The only differentiation is its primary arrangement. Each player starts with 2 checkers on the 24th position, 2 checkers on the 23rd position, 3 checkers on the 8th and 4 checkers on the 13th and 6th position. Each player has 15 checkers in total but with 2 checkers starting off further back from the original version, forbidding the game from quickly developing into a chase. This version demands more strategy and more contemplation rather than luck. The Old English Backgammon, allows no more than 5 checkers on each position throughout the game, this characteristic block many moves that otherwise would be allowed. The player is also allowed to play only one of the dices if he wishes. The LongGammon is the equivalent to the original apart from that each player starts with all his checkers on the opponent’s first position making the game last longer. Misere (Backgammon to Lose) is a version of backgammon played just like the regular game, except that the aim of the game is to lose. The last player off, wins. All other rules same as in backgammon. In Bradspel, a Swedish variation of backgammon, doubling cubes are not allowed.
There are also more variations of Backgammon based purely on skill and technique. For example the Domino Backgammon, in which the players use dominos instead of dice. Or Grasshopper, a racing game in which no dice are used.
To conclude there are numerous other versions that are difficult to group or to list due to their small differences or peculiar rules. There are also different forms of competitions and different versions of the Original Backgammon. In order for someone to keep track of all the different variants of backgammon, the different rules and different types of competition one must devote a lot of time and energy! He would be the ultimate fan!

NAMES OF BACKGAMMON AND ITS VARIATIONS IN THE WORLD


GREECE :TAVLI - PLAKOTO – DOORS - FEYGA – GIUL
TURKEY : TAVLA - MOUTLEZIM - GIOUL
ENGLAND : TABLES - BACKGAMMON - GAMMON
USA : BACKGAMMON - ACEY DEUCEY
GERMANY: PUFF
BULGARIA : GIOUL BARA
ΙRAN : TAU - TAKHTEH NARD
SCOTLAND: GAMMON
FRANCE : TRIC TRAC
RUSSIA : NARDE
ARABIC WORLD : SHESH BESH - GIOUL
CZECH : VRHCADY
SPAIN : TABLAS REALES - CHAQUETE
ITALY : TAVOLE REALE
JAPAN : SUGOROCU

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