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How do you set up the board to play Backgammon?

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To set up the board to play Backgammon, each player must place two chips on the Point farthest from the Bar within the opponent's Inner Board and five chips on the Point farthest from the Bar within the opponent's Outer Board. Additionally, both players must put three chips on the second Point from the Bar within the player's Outer Board and five chips on the Point next to the Bar within the player's Inner Board.

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Although setup sounds complex, it actually doesn't matter which side the Home Board is on, as long as both players' Home Boards are on the same side.

Once the game begins, players roll two die and moves their chips along the Points based on the numbers that they roll. However, a player does not have to only move one chip per turn. For example, if a player were to roll a three and a four, that player could move one chip three Points and another four Points.

Backgammon is a highly strategic game. If a player's chip is the only one on a specific Point and the opponent's chip also lands on that Point, the player's chip is moved to the Bar, where it must wait until the player rolls a number that allows that player to start the chip anew in the opponent's Inner Board. As a result, players are constantly doing addition and making moves that protect their chips from the opponent as much as possible.

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