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Backgammon Terms starting with 'B'

Binache - Same as Beaver (see above).

Button Up - To make a safe play by securing one or more checkers with one more other checkers.

Break the Board (Break Up) - To give up established points in the home board.

Book a Checker - To secure a man by making a point.

Board - - Backgammon is played on a board consisting of twenty-four narrow triangles called points. The triangles alternate in color and are grouped into four quadrants of six triangles each. The quadrants are referred to as a player's home board and outer board, and the opponent's home board and outer board. The home and outer boards are separated from each other by a ridge down the center of the board called the bar.

Black - One of the players in the game of Backgammon, the one using the darker or black checkers.

Big Play - To go for it! To make a bold or risky play in an effort to gain a more productive position.

Beavers - Term used in money games and chouettes for an optional rule that players must agree upon before the start of play. A beaver occurs when a player is doubled but believes he is a favourite to win and he may re-double or "beaver" immediately while retaining the doubling cube and the option to re-double again later. As with a normal double, the initial doubler may refuse a beaver or opt to raccoon.

Bear Off - The final part of the game that involves taking your checkers off the board.

Bar Point - A player's seven-point, so named because it is physically adjacent to the bar.

Bar (Rail, Roof) - The middle divider of the board; a narrow strip slightly raised above the playing surface where checkers are placed when they are hit (sent back).

Backgammon - 1. The name of the game we play. 2.A game in which you score triple the value of the points at stake, accomplished only if you bear off all your checkers and your opponent has yet to bear off a single checker, and still has one or more checkers remaining in your home board or on the bar. (See also Gammon where one scores a double game.)

Back Man (Runner) - The checker(s) furthest away from your home board.

Back Game - A strategy employed by a player who is substantially behind in the race but has two or more anchors in the opponent's home board.

Blot - A single checker on a point is called a blot. If you move a checker onto an opponent's blot, or touch down on it in the process of moving the combined total of your cast, the blot is hit, removed from the board and placed on the bar.

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