The Three Tavli Examples of the Game of Backgammon
The game of Tavli is a variation of backgammon from Greece and it gets its name from the Greek word for board. Three unique games make up the game of Tavli, all featuring various rules and regulations and variations of the game. But the 3 variation of the game are played in succession, where participants go head to head with one another to win best of 3, 5 or seven games. The 1st variation of the game is named as Portes, which features a lot of similarities to the game of backgammon because it is commonly enjoyed in the Western hemisphere.
Players start a game of Portes with checker pieces set up the in the same manner that can be find in a standard variation of backgammon. But the game of Portes does not use a doubling cube so it means that is played for entertainment rather than for profit. The game also does not have backgammon. But 2 points compose a gammon and a standard win in the game is equivalent to 1 point. A 2nd Tavli example is a Plakoto. The beginning point of the checker pieces in Plakoto has some differences on the usual set-up of the game of backgammon. Participants must put down their checkers on their opponents' single point to start the game and then move the pieces on their home area.
Players also do not have hitting the blots in the game of Plakoto. But if you capture the checker of your opponent on a space then it must remain there until you decide to take away your checker. This makes a pretty interesting development in backgammon. If your main checker (your last checker piece on your beginning point) is captured by your opponent. You will lose in the game with 2 points.
The 3rd Tavli example or Fevga also requires gamers to start the game with their checker pieces on single point on the gaming board. Starting on the point place on the far right, each participant must move their fifteen checkers all over the board and get off once they are in their home area.
An important rule in Fevga is that your starting checker must pass the starting point of your opponent before you can remove the other stones and other checker pieces. Like the game of Plakoto, hitting is not required and a single checker is enough to get the point. Technique in Plakoto is different from the standard game of backgammon because the player is not allowed to place a prime over six succeeding points. If your opponent gets behind on your own prime, then you are compelled to move one of your checkers to allow your opponent to play. While the rules and regulations made for each Tavli, there are some standard points that you should not forget if you are willing to play a game. All of the Tavli games utilize a single set of dice and player must decide on who will be the first one by tossing the dice for a high digit.
A single point is then given to the first player who gets all of their checkers of the board. All Tavli examples solely rely on the entertainment value of the game, so no doubling cube is used in the game.