Variations

 Khachapuri

 From: Michael Petch Address: mpetch@capp-sysware.com Date: 11 September 2010 Subject: Hatiputi? Forum: BGonline.org Forums

```Khachapuri is a variant of game that is slightly different than Narde.

Setup: Each player starts with four checkers on point one of the near side
of the board and eleven checkers on point nineteen of the opposite side of
the board. They both move in the same direction, counterclockwise, around
the board.

1   2   3   4   5   6       7   8   9  10  11  12
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|                     O |   |                     X |
O bears   |                <--- O |   |               <---  X |
off here  |                     O |   |                     X |
|                     O |   |                     X |
|                     O |   |                       |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                     O |   | X                     |
|                       |   | X                     |
| O                     |   | X                     |
| O                     |   | X                     |  X bears
| O  --->               |   | X  --->               |  off here
| O                     |   | X                     |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

Object: The object of the game is to move all your checkers around the
board and bear them off. You bear off at the upper-left; Opponent bears off
at the lower-right.

To start: Both players roll one die and the higher number goes first. That
player rolls the dice again to begin his turn. After the first game, the
winner of the previous game goes first.

Movement: The roll of the dice indicates how many points, or pips, the
player is to move his checkers. The following rules apply:

A checker may be moved only to an open point, one that is not occupied by
any opposing checkers. The numbers on the two dice constitute separate
moves. For example, if you roll 5 and 3, you may move one checker five
spaces to an open point and another checker three spaces to an open point,
or you may move the one checker a total of eight spaces to an open point,
but only if the intermediate point (either three or five spaces from the
starting point) is also open. Doubles are played twice. For example, a roll
of 6-6 means you have four sixes to use. You must use both numbers of a
roll if possible, or all four numbers in the case of doubles. If you can
play one number but not both, you must play the higher one. Moving off the
"head": The starting point for either player is called that player's
"head." As against to Narde you may move any number of checkers off your

No hitting: A major difference between Khachapuri and other forms of
backgammon is that there is no hitting in this game. One checker by itself
controls a point, and an opposing checker may not land or touch down there.

Bearing off: Once you have moved all fifteen of your checkers into their
finishing table, you may begin bearing off. You bear off a checker by
rolling a number that corresponds to the point on which it resides, then
removing the checker from the board.

If there is no checker on the point indicated by the roll, you must make a
legal move using a checker on a higher-numbered point. If there are no
checkers on higher-numbered points, you must remove a checker from the
highest point that has a checker.

Scoring: Calculation is done depending on the amount of checkers that
wasn't beared off. If the losing player has lost Mars he pays twice as
high, that is for 30 checkers.
```

 Chiva Tafazzoli  writes: ```Xachapuri or Khachapuri is from the Caucause region, former Soviet Union and very popular in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and other places. ```

### Variations

Acey-deucy  (J. Nagel, Dec 2004)
Acey-deucy  (Steve Ewert, June 1998)
Acey-deucy  (Lee+, Jan 1997)
Acey-deucy  (John David Galt+, Dec 1995)
Acey-deucy  (James Eibisch, Apr 1995)
Backwards play  (Colin Bell+, Feb 1996)
Best-of-n variant of match play  (Tim Chow+, Feb 2009)
Bluff Cube  (Timothy Chow+, Dec 2012)
BluffGammon  (Christian Munk-Christensen, June 2009)
Cancelgammon  (Ilia Guzei+, Mar 2004)
Domino backgammon  (Laury Chizlett, Sept 1999)
Duodecagammon  (David Moeser, Dec 2000)
Duplicate backgammon  (Dean Gay+, Jan 1997)
Duplicate backgammon  (Albert Steg, Feb 1996)
Exact bearoff  (Chris Moellering+, Dec 2002)
Fevga  (George, Sept 2004)
Fevga (or Moultezim)  (Igor Sheyn+, May 1995)
Freeze-out match  (Dave Brotherton, July 1998)
Gabgammon  (jckz, Oct 2005)
Greek backgammon  (Alexandre Charitopoulos, Aug 2003)
Greek backgammon  (Alexandros Chatzipetros, June 1997)
Greek backgammon  (Marc Jacobs+, Feb 1994)
Hit man  (Matt Reklaitis, Jan 2004)
Hyper backgammon  (Gregg Cattanach+, Dec 2000)
Hyper backgammon  (Michael A Urban, Oct 1993)
International backgammon  (Bob Lancaster+, Oct 2002)
Jacquet  (Mark Driver, June 2001)
Joker cube  (Joe Russell+, May 2011)
Khachapuri  (Michael Petch+, Sept 2010)
Kleinman's tandem backgammon  (Fabrice Liardet+, May 2010)
LongRun  (Bill Hickey, Mar 2010)
Longgammon  (Michael Strato, Dec 2000)
Low number first, fixed dice, others.  (Walter Trice, Jan 1997)
Mexican  (Tom Henry, Apr 1997)
Middle Eastern backgammon  (Alan Cairns, Mar 2002)
Misere (backgammon to lose)  (Jason Lee+, July 2004)
Misere (backgammon to lose)  (Jason Lee+, Apr 1995)
Misere, Chase, Skewed dice  (Stein Kulseth, Jan 1997)
Nackgammon  (Ken Arnold, July 1996)
Nackgammon Shuffle  (Stick, Sept 2011)
Nackgammon opening moves  (Warwick+, Feb 2002)
Narde  (narde, Nov 2006)
Nardi  (KL Gerber+, Nov 2002)
No hit  (RedTop+, May 2004)
Nuclear backgammon  (Walt Swan, Apr 1997)
Old English  (Nick Wedd+, Feb 1996)
One roll lookahead  (Stephen Turner, Mar 1997)
Opening slot rule  (Gregg Cattanach, June 2006)
Other variations  (Douglas Zare, Feb 2000)
Plakoto  (Ed Dengler+, May 1995)
Plakoto  (Pasteel M., Feb 1994)
Plakoto express  (Athansios Vagias, Feb 2005)
Portes  (George, Sept 2004)
Roll-over  (Edward D. Collins, Oct 1997)
Russian backgammon  (Daavid Turnbull, Aug 1991)
SassanGammon  (Chiva Tafazzoli+, June 2009)
Shesh Besh  (G.S., May 2003)
Simborg Rule  (Scott+, Feb 2005)
Slot backgammon  (Fabrice Liardet+, Aug 2008)
Sudden death, Woodpecker, Gerhardsen  (Fredrik Dahl, Jan 1997)
Tablestakes betting  (TrueMoneygames, June 2002)
Takhteh  (Bruce Scott+, Mar 2003)
Tandem Backgammon  (Mislav Kovacic, Feb 2012)
Tavla  (Arda Findikoglu, Nov 2004)
Tavla  (ucc02cx+, Feb 1997)
Tavli (Portes, Plakoto, and Fevga)  (Jens Larsen, July 1997)
Tavli question  (Brus+, Apr 2011)
Tracy turn around  (Michael J. Zehr, Feb 1996)
Tri-gammon  (Gregg Cattanach, Sept 2000)
Trictrac  (David Levy+, May 1998)
Trigammon  (James Eibisch, Jan 1997)