Board games not only allow a person to escape from the routine, but also stimulate the brain. After all, most of them have rules and order according to the laws of logic and mathematics. Among board games, short backgammon is becoming increasingly popular. The advent of the PC version, which can be played online, has further expanded the audience.
This oriental game has been popular among the upper classes of the Asian nobility for several millennia. Many padishahs and viziers spent their time doing this "boring", as they called it, occupation. Short backgammon was considered uninteresting due to the fact that the outcome of the game cannot be predicted.
The prototype of backgammon was known over 5,000 years ago. There is a version according to which short backgammon was invented by the Persians in response to the challenge of the Indian ruler, who sent chess as a riddle. Scientists not only failed to guess the rules of the "gift", but also came up with their own game, which they sent as an answer.Moreover, according to this version, it took the inhabitants of India 12 years to solve the puzzle.
Short backgammon came to European countries with a wave of crusades around the 12th century AD. e. At the same time, different peoples and at different times had different names for this game. For example, in the Middle Ages, backgammon was called "backgammon", in Russia they were known as "backgammon-tavlei", and among the Turks - "tavla". An interesting fact is that in the countries of Western Europe, where Latin dominated, the name of the game had almost the same root and sound. Compare: tabula (Romans), tables reales (Spanish), tavola reales (Italians), tavli (Greeks) and tables (English).
Initially, backgammon was used in astrology to predict the future. There is a theory according to which the principles of our universe were laid down in the game rules. Backgammon, short and long, is a logically constructed, interesting game, if we consider their order from this point of view, we can draw the following parallels:
- Number of points - 24 - corresponds to the number of hours in a day. At the same time, there are 12 points on each side, symbolizing the months of the year.
- The number of checkers - 30 is equal to the number of days in a month.
- The board is divided into 4 zones corresponding to the periods of the year.
- The movement of the playing elements is carried out in a circle, like the movement of heavenly bodies.
The goal of the game is to remove all the checkers from the board, but before that they need tomove to a zone called "your home". The player who first removes his playing elements is considered the winner. Short backgammon is an activity for two, here each participant has two identical zones: a house and a yard. They are separated by a plank - a bar. The movement of checkers is carried out according to the number of dropped bones, and each player has his own set of playing dice.
Despite the simplicity of the order, as it may seem at first glance, this game, short backgammon, has many concepts and special terms that require some time to learn. For example, when two identical values appear on the dice, the moves increase. Also, when playing backgammon, it will not be superfluous to find out the meaning of the following concepts:
- Dave - an offer to the opponent, when he is in a disadvantageous position, to double the bets.
- Autodouble - doubling the bet values when the same values appear on the dice for both players.
- Beaver - when declaring a dove, the player can answer with this counter doubling.
Logic entertainment activities and games develop memory and stimulate the brain. At the same time, you can play online or sign up for a special club and participate in tournaments, while finding new friends or just good acquaintances.