The Backgammon Quiz

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About This Quiz

Backgammon takes checkers to the next level, adding speed and strategy to create a board game that's surprisingly complex. Think you can tell your points from your primes? Take our quiz to find out!

How many triangles are on a backgammon board?

Each board features 24 triangles called points that alternate in color.

How many quadrants are these points divided into?

The points are arranged in four quadrants of six points each. Your home and outer quadrants are the two nearest to you as you play.

How many checkers does each person use per game?

Each player uses 15 checkers, for a total of 30 per game.

How many standard dice does each player use?

Each player uses two dice, which must be played using a shaker cup and may never be thrown by hand.

What is the highest possible number on the doubling die?

The highest possible number on the doubling die is 64, though some only go up to 32.

True or false: You can throw your dice anywhere on the board.

With each toss, your dice must land on the right side of the board. If they don't, the throw doesn't count.

How do you let your opponent know that your turn is complete?

In backgammon, your turn ends only when you pick up your dice. Until then, you can move or redo your moves as much as you want.

What happens if you roll double?

If you are lucky enough to roll doubles — the same number on each die — you get to make four moves instead of just two.

Who goes first in backgammon?

To determine who goes first in the game, each player rolls a single die. Whoever gets the highest number gets the first turn.

What do you call a single checker on one point?

A good backgammon strategy is to aim towards blots — points that are home to only a single checker.

What is the line down the center of the board called?

When you make a hit — knock a player's checker off the board — the checker is sent to the bar, which runs down the center of the board.

How do you win a game of backgammon?

The winner in a game of backgammon is the first player to remove all of his checkers from the board.

How many winning classes are there in backgammon?

There are three classes of wins in the game. In a "single game" win, a player removes all his checkers before his opponent, but the opponent manages to remove at least one checker.

What is the term used to describe a win where one opponent fails to remove a single checker from the board?

In a gammon, one players remove all of his checkers before the other removes even one. It's a step up from a standard win.

What is it called when one player plays against a team of two or more?

In a chouette (pronounced "choo-et") one player takes on a team of at least two others. This is a great technique for beginners learning to pick up the game quickly.

What is the highest class of win in a game of backgammon?

In a "backgammon" class of win, one player removes all of his checkers while the other fails to remove any. The losing player must also have at least one checker on the bar.

True or false: Betting is very common in backgammon.

Betting is written right into the rules of the game. Win a backgammon, and you can expect to triple your winnings.

What is the No. 5 point called on a backgammon board?

The No. 5 point is often referred to as the "golden" point because of its strategic significance.

What term describes one player owning two or more points next to each other?

If you have a prime, you control two or more adjacent points, giving you a significant advantage.

How many checkers do you need on a point to completely block your opponent's progress?

If you get six checkers on a single point, your opponent can't pass that point until you move some of your pieces to make room.

How many checkers do you need on a point to keep an opponent from landing on that point?

If you have two checkers on a single point, your opponent can't land on that point, though he can jump over it.

True or false" Doubles will appear every six rolls, on average.

Doubles are a major advantage in backgammon, and this phenomenon occurs every six rolls on average.

Where did Roman Emperor Claudius famously install a backgammon set?

Claudius had a backgammon set built into his chariot to amuse him on long journeys. Fellow Roman Emperor Nero was also a big fan of the game.

What do you call the solo player in a chouette?

The solo player in a chouette is the box, while the captain leads the opposing crew or team.

What is it called when you raise the value of the doubling cube three times in a row?

A single raise of the cube is a beaver; a second raise is a raccoon; and a third raise is known as an aardvark.

When was the concept of chouette introduced in backgammon?

Backgammon was dying out by the 20th century, but the introduction of the chouette and the doubling cube during the 1920s helped revive interest in the game.

Where did backgammon likely originate?

Backgammon dates back around 5,000 years to Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq.

What were the earliest dice made from?

The earliest known dice are around 5,000 years old and are made from human bone.

When was the term backgammon first used in print?

Backgammon was first used in print around 1645, though ancient Roman frescos reveal that the game had spread well beyond Mesopotamia long before the 17th century.

What is the largest number of backgammon games played in a single hour?

According to "Guinness World Records," the record for most simultaneous backgammon games was set in Turkey in 2011 when 632 people played 316 in a single hour.

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