About Backgammon

Backgammon is a combination of games.  It is a race game as in ludo in that the first player to get all his checkers around the board and off is the winner.  It is a strategy game as in chess because it isn't just a simple race around the board but an absorbing tactical manoeuvre of 'armies' embroiled in an exciting battle for domination and victory, during which you have to have alternative plans as present ones fall apart on the roll of a die.  And it is a board game similar to draughts inasmuch as the checkers are the same shape and move in opposing directions in their attempt to get ‘home’. This unique combination makes backgammon a game for everyone to enjoy.

Summed up, backgammon is an exciting game of tactics, probabilities and chance. A game where, despite the vagaries of the dice, the more experienced and knowledgeable player will prevail in the long run. However, due to the chance or luck element, absolute beginners can on occasions triumph over a champion - this is the appeal of backgammon. Its outcome is often uncertain until the very last rolls of the game – when it can all fall apart on the roll of the dice.

From Backgammon for Beginners

Read more about the origins of backgammon here 

Read more here about the ancient game of senet, Egyptian ancestor of backgammon.