HOW TO PLAY BACKGAMMON ONLINE

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HOW TO PLAY BACKGAMMON ONLINE

Once you download the game and complete the installation process, you will either find an icon in the desktop or you will need to start from start->Program.

You will generally receive a welcome message followed by ‘Start a Game’ button.

You may select your level and the room of your choice. In online backgammon, please try to ensure an opponent of the equal level in the beginning.

The site will roll the dice on your behalf. In offline backgammon, you need to throw the dice yourself.

Both opponents’ select ‘choose the colors’ and click the OK button to start movement.

Click on the option ‘Roll Dice’, to instruct the computer to throw dice for you. Remember the opponent gets the chance when and only when your turn gets over.

How to Move the Checker? Generally ‘drag and drop’. – The common Windows technique is applied here. Move your mouse pointer on the checker and then hold down the mouse pointer and start moving the mouse. Your checker will move where your mouse goes.

Once you have completed moves, wait for the OK button to be enabled. Ensure that you are completely satisfied with the move (s) and then click the OK button once. If you want to move two checkers then start moving the second one after completion of the move of the first one. In any case if you want to regenerate your moves, click on the CANCEL button. Your turn is complete only when you are clicking the OK button.

If your move becomes illegal, the game itself will give you the caution message and disallow the move.

Remember, the gaming software is intelligent enough to catch you out in case you are not moving your checker as the number shown by the dice. Note that the checker can be moved forward only to a lower-numbered point.

There is another alternative restrictive way of moving your checkers. Double-Click on any empty point and the nearest checker will be moved to that point, provided that move is legally allowed.

If you hit a blot then the opponent’s checker is automatically moved to the Bar as per the normal procedure of the game. The online game even takes care to ensure that your next turn may start only with the movement of the checker in the bar, if any.

As per the rules of the game, you can start bearing off only when you complete bringing all the checkers to your home board. Bearing off may be again done by the drag and drop method. A few sites offer you a special bear off button, which becomes enabled when and only when all your checkers are placed in the home board.

Despite the clear ruling of ‘United States Backgammon Tournament Rules & Procedures’ for announcing the double and re-double. Ensure that you pass clearly so that the opponent can hear properly. The online games allow you to depend upon the non-voice clicking method. You click on the doubling cube to announce a double. Most of the sites use the Amber and Red lights to notice the opponent of the double and selecting the Red button indicates the declination. In some sites, it gives you a message box with two options 'Accept' and 'Decline', from which you need to choose the right one, which fits your requirement.

All rules of the offline backgammon are applicable for the online game.

THIS ARTICLE IS PROVIDED COURTESY OF ONLINE BACKGAMMON ROOM PLAY65

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