What are the Parts of the Backgammon Board?

In your initial study of the game of backgammon you might have come across the terms bar, inner and outer tables, mid-point, bar-point, and a host of other terms used in this game. These terms refer to certain areas or parts of your backgammon board. It will help you a lot in your study of the game to learn the different parts of your backgammon board.

Let's start with the bar, it refers to the vertical division in the middle of your backgammon board. This is a ridge on your board that is raised dividing the backgammon board into two sections. The bar is also where checkers that are hit are sent. In relation to the bar we also come across what is known as the inner board and the outer board.

Since your backgammon board is divided into two sides by the bar what you have on the left side of the bar is called the outer table or outer board. The other side (which is the part to the right of the bar on the backgammon board) , as you might have guessed, is called the inner board or the inner table. The inner table or inner board contain your home board and your opponent's home board as well.

The elongated triangles you see on the board are called pips or points and these indicate the positions of the checkers you play. These pips or points have designated names that are used whenever we're talking about positions on the backgammon board. We'll now go over the names used to refer to the different points on the backgammon board.

Our first pip on the backgammon board is known as the Ace point. The Ace point is your number one pip, and consequently your 24-point is your opponent's Ace point. We now move off to what is known as the bar point.

The bar point refers to the number seven pip, which is thus called simply because it is right next to the bar. Your opponent's bar point is your number 18 point. We now move off to our next pip name - the mid-point. The mid-point is another name for your 13-point. This pip or point on your backgammon board is usually stacked with a lot of checkers. In which case your opponent's mid-point is your number 12 pip.

These are the terms that refer to the different parts of your backgammon board. If ever you've come across these terms you'll be able to identify what part of the board they refer to.