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You Might Have the Perfect Strategy, But Do You Have the Backgammon Set to Match?

To play backgammon, all you need is a backgammon set, a partner, and maybe a little luck. Sharpen your backgammon game with your own backgammon table, a travel backgammon set, and more fun ways to enjoy the game. Hayneedle offers a wide variety of backgammon boards, checkers games, and combination multi-game sets for sale.

For the casual backgammon player or a savvy pro, find a backgammon board you’ll love. A favorite for centuries, the game of backgammon is popular worldwide and among all ages. We carry a great selection for every player. Standard backgammon sets include a case with game board, plus the chips, dice, and dice cups. You can choose from many styles of cases and boards including wooden backgammon sets, felt, and faux leather. Take the game anywhere you go with a smaller version in a travel backgammon set.

Feeling competitive? A backgammon tournament set is the choice for you. These deluxe backgammon sets often come with intricately designed boards and cases for a special look. Sort by size, material, customer reviews, or price to find the perfect backgammon game for tournament play. Shop our selection of dice cups and dice to accessorize your backgammon set, including professional dice cups.

Multi-game sets are another fun option and are a great choice for family game night. Combination game sets may include chess, checkers, dominoes, bridge, and card games. Shop for game sets with backgammon board on one side and chess and checkers on the reverse. Young or old, novice or veteran, everyone will enjoy playing a game on a new backgammon table from Hayneedle.

Backgammon Glossary

  • ABT - ABT is the acronym for the American Backgammon Tour. The ABT holds an annual tour similar to the American Contract Bridge League's. For more information visit www.chicagopoint.com.
  • Anchor/Advanced Anchor - An anchor is a point on your opponent's inner backgammon board occupied by two or more of your checkers. An advanced anchor is an anchor on your opponent's four point or five point.
  • Back Game/Holding Game - Back game refers to the strategy used when a player holds two or more anchors. The goal is to hold the anchors as long as possible, forcing an awkward bear off, and hopefully hitting a blot. If a player is behind on the table, this strategy is called a holding game.
  • Bear In/Bear Off/Bearoff - To bear in is to move your checkers into your inner board in preparation for bear off. Bear off, also known as throw off, take off, eat, or peel, is the process of removing pieces from the inner table.
  • Blot/Hit/Shot - A single checker occupying a point is called a blot. A blot is vulnerable to a shot from an opponent's checker. A successful shot is called a hit, at which point the blot is moved to the bar and forced to start over. 15 Inch Blue/Beech Wooden Backgammon Set
  • Closed Out/Shutout - Losing a blot is especially frustrating if it is closed out or shutout, which occurs when a checker on the bar can't re-enter play because all points on your outer board are occupied by two or more of your opponent's checkers.
  • Connectivity - No, this doesn't mean your Internet connection status when playing backgammon online. Connectivity means positioning checkers so that they're within six points or less of your other checkers, enabling you to form points and avoid blots.
  • Gammon - Gammon is the backgammon term for bearing off all of your checkers before your opponent has peeled any (or vice versa). If you're playing with a cube, a gammon is worth twice the points.
  • Inner Board/Home Board/Outer Board - Your inner board or home board is the quadrant with the six points your checkers must occupy before bearoff. Your opponent's inner board is your outer board.
  • Stacking/Candlesticks - Stacking refers to the backgammon style often used by timid or defensive players. Checkers are used to establish points and avoid exposing blots, leading to checker formations that resemble candlesticks.
  • U.S. Backgammon Federation - The USBGF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, participation and education of backgammon. It is a leader in promoting the game through forums, tournaments and information.
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