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Backgammon - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

It's not digital. It's not online. It doesn't have graphics or tunes. It's Tina's luxury item on Survivor and it's been around for thousands of years. It's Backgammon.

It's not digital. It's not online. It's the classic board game backgammon.

If you're a Survivor nut you've probably noticed the survivors playing with the backgammon set that Tina brought. Backgammon is a strategy game that's been around for thousands of years. It's been dated as far back as 3000BC. That's 5000 years ago - even your grandparents aren't that old!

Learning to play backgammon is pretty simple, but mastering the strategy is a challenge. The board is divided into four quarters with six points in each quarter. The corner at the bottom right is your home base, the other guy's base is straight across from yours - at his left. Each of the triangles on the board is a space and your pieces have a certain setup to start. The object of the game is to get your pieces moved into your home base and keep your opponent from getting his home safely. Once your pieces are all in your base, you move them off the board to win.

The strategy comes from single piece attacks. If you have a single piece on a square it can be bumped into a "prison" and then that piece has to start all over again from within your opponent's base. The trick is to move your pieces around without leaving any single pieces to get bumped. Planning your victory can be a real puzzle cuz the roll of a dice determines your next move.

Backgammon is played world-wide. There are official rankings, tournaments, prizes and even backgammon leagues. Check around and see if your school has a club, maybe even start your own. It's a cool way to challenge your brain.

Rating: 4

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