Learn How to Play Backgammon in No Time At All

Become absorbed in the world's most exciting game with an expert player!
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (173 ratings)
4,593 students
1hr 16min of on-demand video
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Be able to have a lifetime of fun playing this wonderful game


  • Nothing at all, simply be willing to watch, listen and learn


Have you ever had one of those all-in-one game compendiums and wondered what those triangular points were? Are you looking for a new hobby that takes less than an hour of your time to learn but a lifetime to master? Then the world's oldest and most addictive game might just be for you.

Invented in Persia around 5000 years ago, Backgammon is played all over the world from the cafes of Istanbul to the prestigious World Championship held in Monte Carlo every August. It is a wickedly seductive game of skill and luck where in any given game a total beginner can defeat an esteemed grandmaster through hot dice alone but where superior skill will always pay off in the long run.

I started playing this wonderful game in 2012 and it has become a semi-obsession of mine. I am now playing at an expert level and competing in tournaments whenever possible (not easy as I live in China where it seems no-one has ever heard of it!).

I want to pay forward what this amazing game has given me by introducing it to a new generation of players. I use the very best software to illustrate the concepts in plain English, all appropriate jargon is clearly explained as this course assumes no prior knowledge of how to play. 

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn to play Backgammon
  • This is strictly for beginners and those who haven't played before, it isn't focused on strategy or theory


Owner of ESL School and Former Star Headhunter
Alexander Schofield
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 337 Reviews
  • 8,135 Students
  • 2 Courses

I am a seven year China veteran with my own successful EFL training school, driven by a desire to let others be more informed about this dynamic and mysterious country and not have their perceptions clouded by the sheer amount of information out there driven by vested interests.

Previously in my career I spent some time as a headhunter, gaining valuable experience in sales and marketing that make me well placed to offer insight into how people can gain their perfect position.  

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