Anyone familiar with the rules of Backgammon?
I recently got an electronic handheld backgammon game. I don’t know if there’s a glitch in the programming or some rule I’m unaware of, though. Occasionally, under certain circumstances, when the computer takes its turn, it moves one of its 2 checkers from my inner home spot to a row that I’ve blocked off with my checkers. My top checker in the row goes on the bar and the remainder of the checkers in that row change color to the computer’s color. Is there a rule here that I don’t know about? If so, how does it work? I’d like to use it, too.
Question posted by: Radio Rich
It sounds like what you are describing is a situation where the computer player is hitting one of your blots. In backgammon, a blot is a single checker sitting on a point (a space on the board). When a player moves a checker to a point occupied by an opposing checker, that opposing checker is hit and placed on the bar, which is a raised strip in the middle of the board.
When a checker is on the bar, it must re-enter the game on the opponent’s inner table (the row closest to their home board) before any other moves can be made. This can be done by rolling the dice and moving the checker the corresponding number of points. If a player has more than one checker on the bar, they must re-enter the highest one first.
As for the color change you mentioned, it is likely just a visual representation of the fact that the point is now occupied by a checker of the opposite color. This is a common feature in electronic versions of the game to make it easier for players to see which points are occupied by which color.
So in summary, the computer player is hitting your blots and sending your checkers to the bar, which is a legitimate move in backgammon. You can do the same to the computer player if you get the opportunity.