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Backgammon History

Backgammon is believed to have originated in the Persian empire or the present day Iran, Iraq, and Syria and it is the oldest known recorded game in history. The game was typically played on surfaces such as wood, using stones as markers, and dice made from stones or wood and it can be traced back thousands of years BC to board games played by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Romans, and Persians. It is a forerunner to the popular game of Parchesi, which is quite similar. It is not a game of luck as many believe, but a strategic game of war; in many ways as difficult to master as chess.

Backgammon has long been popular in the Middle East, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s, when the doubling cube was first introduced, that backgammon became widespread. The doubling cube greatly enhanced its popularity as a gambling game, and soon backgammon clubs flourished in America. In the 1970’s backgammon became the fad, with big money tournaments for the jet-setting crowd. Since then popularity has waned, but it is still played by many people, and there are backgammon clubs all over the world. It is now enjoying resurgence among the Internet community.

Recently written and posted Backgammon Articles:

Some Information and Tips on Backgammon Sets
Backgammon sets are as varied as the players who own them. In many cases, the styles of sets for playing backgammon reflect the personal style of the owner. Here’s some general information about backgammon playing sets and where to find them….
Written by John Adler 01 September 2008.

An Overview of Gambling in Backgammon
The possibility of gambling in backgammon is built into the game via the doubling cube. This doesn’t mean that you have to wager money in backgammon – simply don’t use the doubling cube for a gambling-free game….
Written by Benjamin Sami 31 August 2008.

Some Information on the Backgammon Board
The game board for playing backgammon is set up in a very specific way. In this article, we’ll present a brief overview of how to set up a backgammon board….
Written by Longlake James 31 August 2008.

Online Backgammon Strategy vs. “Live” Backgammon” Strategy
Playing strategic online backgammon involves a few adjustments from playing live games. This article discusses how to develop a strategy for playing online backgammon….
Written by Bob Ross 01 September 2008.

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