If you want to play free online backgammon, you will find many choices. There are a lot of software and platforms to learn the rules of backgammon while having fun. Let’s have a look at the options.
Playing backgammon against a computer
There are a large number of programs and applications that allow you to play online against artificial intelligence. Whether on your computer or mobile device, often these programs are backgammon for free download. Just go to the Play store or App Store to make your choice.
We recommend XG Extreme Gammon 2 for people wanting to play against a solid AI. On your computer, just search your browser for several options. The backgammon games that are found in flash version on Google are perfect to become familiar with the rules of the game. But we must recognize that when you are an experienced player, the level of these programs is quite low.
Like chess, backgammon has been studied and analyzed by scientists around the world. So there are high-performance backgammon programs that can compete with the best players in the world. These programs are called TD-Gammon, Jellyfish or Snowie. The new reference at the moment is called XG-Gammon and its analysis is used to establish the level of play of the Grand Masters during competition. Unfortunately, these programs are not available on free backgammon download.
Play free backgammon against real players
If you want to play free online backgammon against real players, there is also a lot of possibilities. Social networks are full of backgammon applications. The most famous are “Backgammon Lord of the board“, “Backgammon Live” or “Backgammon Ace,” created in collaboration with Masayuki Mochizuki aka Mochy, one of the great masters of the game. These games allow users to confront players from around the world, 24 hours a day. Winning a game on one of these applications earns you rewards and improves your global ranking. There is no need to pay, but many sites offer an integrated purchase system.
In addition to these applications, there are other community sites. Some are private and you must be sponsored to become members. Others are open to all players. Among these we can mention Backgammon Studio and Backgammon Galaxy. Generally, such sites are frequented by players with an advanced level. Do not be intimidated, as training against good players greatly increases your personal level.
Joining a community like backgammon-rules.com is a great way to quickly improve your level of play and make new friends with the same passion. Backgammon lovers are like a big family and are always ready to accept a new player in their ranks. Check out other pages on our site to learn more about backgammon rules, strategy and more.
I played a passing game in the 70’s for low stakes ($1 PT) in Ivy League men’s clubs. A bit with my lawyer in the 80’s, when I retired young. Pre- internet, we read books by Prince Obalensky, “Backgammon for Blood” – not too seriously. A social time consuming pleasant time. Chouettes at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia proved profitable, and you could stick wire (a Churchill trick) through the center of your cigar (so the ash would get extraordinarily long without falling as you waved it over your opponent’s board side – great distraction). And you had little 12” wide round side tables for drinks and sandwiches. My opponents were aged 70 – 84, and it was thrilling to wager, win and lose as a young man in his 20’s who still had to get back to the office (retired at 38 in ‘85).
So now – not a game in 35 yrs – living in Palo Alto (near Stanford for state-of-the-art cancer treatment)
have a 24 yr old son who wants to play online with me.
I’m no techie at all. We read papers, books, periodicals, and have a 2011 MacBook Pro and an I-Phone 8S.
I want to be able to (1) play with my son online, (2) get on a site where I can up my game (with AI the level of practice is no doubt way past my day and the level of play has risen – I will, too, and lastly, (3) I need something that I can do that I enjoy while my doctors fight cancer.
Hello sir, I recommend you to play on Gammon Space or Backgammon Galaxy it you want to play with your son. On Gammon Space you can even play for fews bucks (or cents) if you feel like it. If you want to improve against an AI, I suggest you buy XGmobile on your Iphone. It is about $11, but it is a very nice tool to improve your checkers and cube play. You can read about everything I just mentioned on the website. I hope you find what you are looking for so you can enjoy backgammon with your son while fighting cancer. I wish you all the best, stay strong and may the dice be with you.