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Backgammon

Backgammon sets from Jaques are of the highest quality and completely hand made. Jaques range features 4 variations of this classic game, including luxury wooden Backgammon boards & a travel Backgammon set, so there is something for everyone to enjoy the game of Backgammon.

At the top end of the range is the 19" Oak luxury Backgammon set, a full size competition set of the very best quality. Further down the range is the wonderful 15" set is the perfect example of the quality that Jaques master craftsmen are renowned for around the world. Made from the finest oak veneered board and featuring handmade pieces, this set truly lives up to the Jaques name and reputation. This set features solid brass furniture which is custom made for Jaques, making our pieces truly unique and superior to imitations.

Jaques travel Backgammon set are carefully handmade from oak and hand finished by Jaques craftsmen in our woodworking factory. Each set comes complete with hand turned wooden playing pieces, two beautiful Jaques dice cups and five dice. The furniture used on this set, all made of solid brass, are of the finest quality and are custom made for the Jaques range.

Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world, where the playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice. Players win by removing all of their pieces from the board. There are many variants of of the game most of which share common traits.

Although luck plays an important role, there is a large scope for strategy. With each roll of the dice players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. Players may raise the stakes during the game. There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences.

Although versions of the game can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt the earliest documented use of the word 'Backgammon' to describe the game we know today was listed in the Oxford English Dictionary of 1650.

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