Backgammon - Game of Skill and Luck
The discussions on whether the backgammon game is a game of skill or a game of luck are almost as ancient as the game itself (considered one of the most ancient board games in history). And although each side is supported by a convincing arsenal of arguments of its own, it is certain that the average, unskilled and inexperienced backgammon player might win in some games, the veteran and knowledgeable backgammon pro would win in most of the games.

Introduction to Backgammon

Backgammon rules are rather simple: each player is assigned a set of 15 checkers setup in a unique formation on the backgammon board. The backgammon players' goal is to move their checkers to the other side of their board and then to remove them off the board, before the opponent does. The more difficult part of the game is the tactics and strategies the players are required to operate at every stage of the backgammon game, trying to precede the opponent, attempting to hit the opponent's blots and avoid getting hit by the opponent.

Backgammon - Game of Luck?

Backgammon instructions simple rules, and the fact that the checkers moves are determined by the roll of the dice, put backgammon as a suspect in belonging to the family of luck games (also known as games of chance), along with risk, roulette and the national lottery. But how important is the roll of luck in the backgammon game?

Backgammon - Game of Skill, Strategy and Luck

Winning the backgammon game depends, to some extent, on the roll of the dice. Good, lucky rolls enable the players to move their checkers across the board faster, reenter from the bar and eventually bear the checkers off earlier than the opponent while bad unlucky rolls limit the player's mobility. However, the mission of crossing the backgammon board while attempting to hinder the opponent from moving his checkers across the board, is not entirely up to the dice decision.

In backgammon, there are 36 different dice combinations. Even if you are so lucky to roll 6's one after another, who can tell how to make the ultimate, most beneficial move on each and every roll? If you've read something about backgammon, gained some playing experience, you might not know the right answer all the time, but at least you will get to know some time-tested backgammon conventions such as the moving the 24-point checker to the 13-point is the best move when rolling 5-6 on the opening roll, making an anchor on the opponent's 5-point can prevent him from bearing off, etc.

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