Backgammon Draughts Checkers

Backgammon, Draughts, and Checkers Sets

This category includes antique Backgammon Draughts Checkers sets, as well as new Backgammon sets, complete with 30 stones, playing boards, dice, shakers and doubling cube.

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games known. It is a two player game where the units are moved according to the roll of dice. A player wins by removing (bearing-off) all of his pieces from the board before the opponent. Backgammon is a member of the “Tables” family, one of the World’s oldest classes of board games.

Backgammon involves a combination of strategy and luck (from rolling dice). While the dice may determine the outcome of a single game, over a series of many games, the better player will accumulate the better record, somewhat like poker. Thus, records of matches between players are good indicators of relative skill. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. In variants that originate from early 20th century New York, players may raise the stakes during the game by use of the Doubling Cube (not included, but available in many on-line stores). There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences.

For the interested reader, a more detailed description of Backgammon and its history can be found at:

Draughts or checkers is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. Draughts developed from alquerque. The name derives from the verb to draw or to move.

The most popular forms are English Draughts, also called American Checkers, employs 12 stones and is played on an 8×8 checkerboard; Russian Draughts, also played on an 8×8. Continental Draughts (Also known as Polish Checkers) utilizes 20 stones and is played on a 10×10 board. There are many other variants played on an 8×8 board. Canadian checkers is played on a 12×12 board.

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  • Battle of Waterloo Checkers by The Franklin Mint

    Lot #857. Civil War Checkers by The Franklin Mint


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