The Lincoln Backgammon Club has its weekly club night on Tuesdays at the Club from 7-10.30pm. We welcome anyone with an interest in the game to join us, or even if you just want to have a try. You don’t need to bring a board we will provide you with a proper introduction to the game and the members. We play various competitions during the year, and have an awards ceremony for Trophy winners at the Christmas Dinner event in December.
Backgammon is a member of the large family of tables game whose history can be traced back nearly 5,000 years to archaeological discoveries in the Jiroft culture, of Persia. Its immediate ancestor was the 16th-century game of Irish, the Anglo-Scottish equivalent of the French Toutes Tables and Spanish Todas Tablas, the latter being recorded by Alfonso X in his 1283 work, El Libro de los Juegos.
Backgammon is a two-player game in which each player has fifteen pieces (checkers (US) or men) that move between twenty-four triangles (points) according to the roll of two dice. The objective of the game is to be first to bear off, i.e. move all fifteen pieces off the board.
Backgammon involves a combination of strategy and luck (from rolling dice). While the dice may determine the outcome of a single game, the better player will accumulate the better record over a series of many games. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their pieces and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. The optional use of a doubling cube allows players to raise the stakes during the game.
If you are interested please come and see us on Tuesday nights.