3 myths about backgammon

Backgammon is purely a game of chance, just like roulette

backgammon rulesSome players treat backgammon as a game of chance. When they win and when they lose, they see it as good and bad fortune, respectively. The truth is that even though chance does play a role in backgammon, this is also a game of skill. It is a game where you actions will affect the outcome.

  • Backgammon is not like a game of roulette, where you place your bet and get to make absolutely no decisions afterward.
  • Backgammon is not like a game of chess, where you know long beforehand exactly how each piece can be moved.

You must be experienced to be a good backgammon player

While a lot of players start out as pretty weak players and then gradually become better with practice, there are those who quickly grasp the underlying fabric of backgammon and very quickly turn into strong players. Conversely, there are plenty of people who have played a lot of backgammon without really understanding the game and who are still weak players even though they have a lot of experience. This is especially common among players that have only inferior players to play against. However, because of the advent of online backgammon, it is now possible to seek out more skilled players and play against them even if they happen to be located hundreds of miles away.

There are many equally great moves

When playing backgammon, you will often find yourself in situations where the dice and the checkers gives you several options. In these situations, it is tempting to believe that several moves can be equally good. In reality, such situations are extremely rare. In most cases, there is actually one move that is superior to all the other possible moves – and yes, it is often possible to know which one it is. Instead of lulling yourself with the notion that there are two or more equally good moves available to you, try to determine which move that is actually better than all the others.