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Backgammon Variants

Hyper-backgammon

Hyper-backgammon is a recent backgammon variant that has become popular as a quick diversion from the regular game.

Setup: Each side starts with just three checkers: one on each of the opponent's one-point, two-point, and three-point.

Play: The rules are the same as for regular backgammon. You make points (well, one point anyway), hit opposing blots, and bear your checkers off just as in the regular game.

A doubling cube is used, so you can double or redouble as in backgammon. The Jacoby rule applies, so gammons are not activated until the cube has been turned (see below under Scoring).

Scoring: The scoring is the same as in regular backgammon: the winner gets one point for a normal win, two points for a gammon, and three points for a backgammon. However, gammons and backgammons score extra only if a double has been offered and accepted during the game.

Computer play: Hugh Sconyers has calculated the exact equity of all 32 million possible positions in hyper-backgammon. This means the game has been solved and can be played perfectly by computer.

Differences from Backgammon
     
  • Each side starts with just three checkers, one on each of the opponent's one-point, two-point, and three-point.

References

Backgammon Variants
Ace-Deo
Ace-Mid Switch
Acey-Deucey
American Acey-Deucey
Backgammon to Lose
Backgammon 1931 Rules
Backgammon 1969 Rules
Backgammon 1970 Rules
Blast Off
Blocking Backgammon
Chasing the Girls
Chouette
Crazy Narde
Domino Backgammon
Doublets
Duplicate Backgammon
Dutch Backgammon
Eureika
European Acey-Deucey
Fayles
Fevga
French Backgammon
Gioul
Grande Trictrac
Grasshopper
Greek Acey-Deucey
Greek Backgammon
Gul Bara
Handicap Matches
Hyper-backgammon
Irish
Jacquet
LongGammon
  Ludus Lumbardorum
Mexican Backgammon
Misere Backgammon
Moultezim
Nackgammon
Narde
Never-Finishing Game
Old English Backgammon
Pin Game
Plakoto
Plakoto Express
Poof
Portes
Propositions
Roman Backgammon
Roll-Over
Rosespring Backgammon
Russian Backgammon
Shesh Besh
Snake
Swedish Tables
Tables
Tabula
Takhteh
Tapa
Tavla
Tavli
Tawula
Tourne-case
Trictrac
Turkish Backgammon
Two Rolls versus Choice

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