Bearing Off

The final stage of Backgammon is called the Bear Off. In this stage the player moves out all of his checkers one by one from the Inner or Home Board. Once a checker has been borne off then it can not be re-entered into the game. The first player to bear off all of his checkers is the winner. Backgammon rules for Bearing Off:

  • All 15 checkers are in the Home Board
  • If a player's checker has been hit then he must wait until the checker has returned all the way to the Home Board before they can continue to bear off the rest of his checkers.
  • Player may begin bearing off with corresponding dice rolls.
  • If a 6 and 4 are rolled then the player may bear off a checker from the 6th and 4th point.
  • Backgammon rules say if there are no checkers in that point and there are no legal moves that can be made then a player may bear off from the highest point.

Written by: Gary Tenaglia.

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