A Comparison of Checkers, Chess, and Backgammon
Though all three are considered abstract board games, there are many differences between checkers, chess and backgammon. These differences make each game appealing to certain players.
When it comes to game rules, checkers are the easiest to learn, followed by backgammon and then chess. While both checkers and backgammon are two player games, backgammon involves 24 spaces and 15 checkers. A pair of dice is rolled in order to determine how many spaces the checkers will move in a game of backgammon. The basic premise of checkers and backgammon is the same, but each game has its own unique set of rules.
All three types of game boards have different patterns that contribute to the games’ differences. The patterns that open a game of chess is a higher number than the patterns that open a game of backgammon or checkers. Of the three games, chess is the only one where a player’s opening moves are critical to the outcome of the game. For beginners, the patterns of backgammon and checkers are preferable to the patterns on a chess board.
The number of moves that can be done throughout the game is much higher for backgammon than chess or checkers. After players have made their first four moves in any game of chess, there are more than 288 billion possible moves they could make. The ultimate chess game can include as many as 5,949 moves. However, in checkers and backgammon there are much fewer choices in moves.
For those who enjoy playing with a good strategy, chess is very much preferable to backgammon and checkers. While chess is purely a game of strategy, backgammon is just as much about luck as it is about strategy. Checkers can also be a game of strategy as well as luck.
Comparison of the popularity today
The popularity of all three games has varied over the years. However, in today’s world, chess is the most popular of the three. Millions of adults all over the United States and the rest of the world play chess on a regular basis, something that cannot be said about checkers or backgammon. However, in England backgammon is much more commonly played than chess is.
Despite this, many people have gone on to play chess professionally after getting a taste of it in a personal level. Chess champions are found all over the world, whereas checkers and backgammon aren’t shown the same kind of love.
All three games can be entertaining to some players, but most have a preference. Playing chess and checkers has become more common than playing backgammon in certain parts of the world. However, all these games provide compelling reasons for players to enjoy them. Some players may even find a game of chess or checkers a relaxing way to unwind after a long day. Others may feel the same way about a good game of backgammon. These games have become classics in today’s world and will likely always be able to stand the test of time.