Backgammon is one of the oldest tabletop games in history and has survived thanks to the simple concept, great strategy, and often down-to-the-wire excitement. Students will have to survey the board, make the right moves, and try to keep their opponents from doing the same as they try to take all of their checkers off the board.
Backgammon in the Classroom
Backgammon is part luck and part skill, making it a refreshing tabletop game for any age player. Players are at the mercy of the dice; but with a little critical thinking and strategy, any dice roll can be used to their advantage. Students will also quickly learn how to play offensively and defensively, which puts their logic and reason skills to the test. Math is also a crucial part of the game, which makes it ideal for classroom use.
How to Play
Backgammon is played with 2 players, representing 2 different colors of checkers positioned around the board. The object is to move all of your checkers around the board and bear them off at the end before your opponent does. Checkers are moved clockwise for Player 1 and counterclockwise for Player 2, based on the sum of 2 dice rolls. Each player takes turns rolling the dice and moving.
Players can also attack opposing pieces by landing on them, sending them out of play until they’re able to reenter by finding a blank space on the board somewhere in their starting quadrant.