The reason for the recent popularity of the game of backgammon is not completely know, but it seems that the avid fans of this game cannot get enough of it. It is played in clubs, casinos, and even in the online casinos. Perhaps the reason that people like the game is that it is so easy to play and so simple to understand. It can be compared to chess, where the rules are simple, but allow great leverage for strategic game play.
Backgammon is played on a wooden board divided into twenty four points marked by triangles of alternating, but meaningless colors. Each player begins the game with twenty four checkers, while the aim of the game is to remove all the pieces from the board. This is made difficult through the distance from the starting point to the ending point, and by the opponent's moves, which can block the other player from moving his checkers.