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Mike Fox
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My son and I need to know how many checkers can be on a point. Is there a limit? I've tried some expert instructions in various places online, but I can't find this mentioned anywhere. Thanks!
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The limit is the number of checkers you have in play at any one time.
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ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ/ πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν./...
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No limit. In theory all 15 men could be all on the same point.-- In practice, it's just not a good idea.
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Just wanted to add that if you have more than 6 checkers on a single point, it is customary to start a second row of checkers stacked on top of the first, to ensure there is enough room for them all.
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Thanks everyone. That answers my question perfectly! No limit, but courtesy suggests not going more than six before you start stacking. Gotcha!

I hope you'll check out my session report when/if it makes it up! The kid just tore me up!!!
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There is a known (and illegal) strategy whereby you extend your stack to "rescue" stranded pieces on the point opposite. Most, reasonably alert, opponents will notice when you start bearing off from your 24-point rather than your 1-point, and honorable players will respect the gap between opposite points to avoid the possibility of confusion.
 
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rmsgrey wrote:
There is a known (and illegal) strategy stratagem...
 
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Aldaron wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
There is a known (and illegal) strategy stratagem...


I would distinguish the stratagem of bearing off the pieces from the farther point from the strategy of accumulating pieces upon the nearer point to enable the stratagem.
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rmsgrey wrote:
Aldaron wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
There is a known (and illegal) strategy stratagem...


I would distinguish the stratagem of bearing off the pieces from the farther point from the strategy of accumulating pieces upon the nearer point to enable the stratagem.

I've never heard of this ploy but then I've always played so that once the pips reach the end of the triangle, any more are stacked on top.
 
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rmsgrey wrote:
There is a known (and illegal) strategy whereby you extend your stack to "rescue" stranded pieces on the point opposite. Most, reasonably alert, opponents will notice when you start bearing off from your 24-point rather than your 1-point, and honorable players will respect the gap between opposite points to avoid the possibility of confusion.


That must have really sucked when you realized your opponent was doing that to you...

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markgravitygood wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
There is a known (and illegal) strategy whereby you extend your stack to "rescue" stranded pieces on the point opposite. Most, reasonably alert, opponents will notice when you start bearing off from your 24-point rather than your 1-point, and honorable players will respect the gap between opposite points to avoid the possibility of confusion.


That must have really sucked when you realized your opponent was doing that to you...

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Like I said, an alert player will spot it happening - it's only effective when playing against someone who really, really isn't paying attention, or when returning to a game after a significant interruption...
 
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Whoooosh!
 
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It's funny to read these comments because:

A) I asked this question when learning the game last year, and

B) I bet I've played 400 games of Backgammon since then
 
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foxfan wrote:
My son and I need to know how many checkers can be on a point. Is there a limit? I've tried some expert instructions in various places online, but I can't find this mentioned anywhere. Thanks!


In the official tournament rules there is no limit, but many regional variants restrict it to at most five checkers per point.
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Did not know that about regional variants. Welcome to BGG.

Punainen Nörtti wrote:
foxfan wrote:
My son and I need to know how many checkers can be on a point. Is there a limit? I've tried some expert instructions in various places online, but I can't find this mentioned anywhere. Thanks!


In the official tournament rules there is no limit, but many regional variants restrict it to at most five checkers per point.
 
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