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How backgammon History Begins

Recently archeologists have excavated playing boards, quite similar to our modern backgammon, in Egypt. The board was discovered along with playing pieces and a dice. This board's backgammon history is still not certain, even though it is slowly revealing, one piece at a time. Archeologists suppose that ancient backgammon, played mostly by royalty and aristocrats, was discovered in the royal tomb of the Ur kingdom in ancient Samaria. Other artifacts that resemble backgammon were discovered in India, Greece, Rome and the Far East. It is quite easy to see that all of this variations developed from a the same, single predecessor that existed long before backgammon history.

Backgammon is a board game for two players in which the playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice. Players win by removing all of their pieces from the board. There are many variants of backgammon, most of which share common traits. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world.

Although luck plays an important role, there is a large scope for strategy. With each roll of the dice players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. Players may raise the stakes during the game. There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences.

Like chess, backgammon has been studied with great interest by computer scientists. Owing to this research, backgammon software has been developed capable of beating world-class human players.