Giving New Life To The Best Games On Earth
Backgammon and chess are two of the most ancient games in the world. Backgammon is thought to be at 5000 years old - and along with chess and the Asian game of GO are widely recognized by scholars to be a few of the oldest games on earth.
All of these games are extremely easy to learn - the rules are simple - but mastering them is fiendishly difficult. There are many masters of these games who maintain that a lifetime of study will not provide even the Grandmaster with the skills to win every single time. The combination of luck and skill - as far as backgammon is concerned makes every game a unique test of knowledge and strategy.
For many people, backgammon is the game of choice due to the fact that it is easily portable and can be set up in a variety of locales. This is a game that can be played at home. in a pub or on the beach and due to the fact that an individual match can be completed within half an hour it suits large groups of people who can take it in turn to match wits with each other.
For those who are interested in purchasing a Backgammon Roll Up Travel Set, it's easy to pick up a medium quality travel board in the form in the briefcase style for around $100. These boards come with all the 'checkers' dice and instructions. All you need to start playing the game right away.
However, these boards can get a bit irritating after a short while of hard use. The edges of the vinyl material used to represent the 'pips' tend to curl up at the edges where they are shown if the board is subject to hard use. This can become irritating.
There are some other options including the briefcase style wooden chess board - which is usually the choice of those who play the game on a regular basis. You can see these boards in regular use in cafes across the Mediterranean. In Spain, Portugal and Greece most cafes will have a board for use by patrons.
Of course there are the most expensive boards in the world used by professional players, in games where vast amounts of money can be won or lost. The inlays on these boards can range from rare wood or even ivory (in boards that have been handed down across generations).
For those in search of some variety, many of the modern sets are multi-functional. Wooden Backgammon boards are often designed so that the reverse of the board can be used as a chess set. In effect, you'll be able to purchase a set like this and can sharpen your skills at two of the oldest games in the world.
These sets are relatively good value for money and can be purchased at the most big box store. However, if you are going to be playing either game with any regularity then it might be advisable to purchase a dedicated set of each one.
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