Moving Backgammon Checkers Quick Reference

Here's a quick reference for backgammon checker movement. Much of this is pretty simple and easy to understand. It will take only a few games for you to master moving your checkers in backgammon.

Remember that your backgammon checkers will always be moving towards your home board in somewhat a circular direction (much like a horserace moving around in a circle, you have a start and finish). You may consider your opponent's home board as the starting line and your own home board as the finish line.

That being said, one backgammon player will be moving checkers clockwise and the other player will be moving backgammon checkers counter-clockwise.

Backgammon checkers will always be moving forward. Checkers don't move backward, always forward towards the backgammon home board.

The roll of the dice will determine how many steps your backgammon checkers take (or how many points your backgammon checkers move forward). Both players take turns rolling the two dice.

At the start of the game, both backgammon players roll one dice to see who goes first. In case of a tie, both players will make another roll. The backgammon player who gets the higher result will move the dice according to the initial dice roll results (the one that both players rolled to determine who goes first).

When it's your turn to move, you can move one backgammon checker for one result on one dice or one checker using both dice in a given turn. So let's say you rolled a one and a two, you can either move one checker one point forward and another checker two points forward or one checker two points forward first then one point after.

When you roll a double (like a two and a two) you get to move twice as much. It's like getting two bonus moves.

Your backgammon checkers can only occupy empty points, points occupied by only one enemy checker, or points already occupied by your checkers.

When you land a checker on a lone enemy checker (a.k.a. blot) you send that opposing checker back to start (i.e. to the bar and make it enter the home board).

The main point of backgammon is to see which player gets to move all checkers into their respective home board and bear them all off. So, one good idea is to progressively move each checker on to your own home board to win.

Backgammon checker movement is really easy. Try out a few games to really understand how it goes and you'll be in the game pretty soon.