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Backgammon Sets – Forwood Design

close up of backgammon pieces on a backgammon board

Backgammon sets come in various shapes and sizes. The more usual and traditional boards are square but you can find round and horseshoe designs. The size of a board is governed by the size of the pieces or checkers and there are certain sizes that are used professionally and in backgammon tournaments. 

 

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BACKGAMMON SET SIZES

Backgammon sets can be made from a wide variety of materials. The most common types are either leather backgammon sets or wooden backgammon sets. Some roll-up travel backgammon sets are made of fabric. Magnetic travel versions can be made in metal.

 

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Wooden backgammon sets are generally the preferred type because of the noise they make when the dice are rolled or the pieces moved. The clonk and clack is an integral part of playing backgammon.

 

When we say backgammon set size we mean the playing part of the board including the bar in the center. 

The Competition, Championship or Olympic sized board has pieces of 50mm diameter and has a board size of 660mm x 660mm making it the largest of the traditional boards.

The Tournament backgammon sets are slightly smaller with pieces of 45mm diameter it has a board size of 580mm x 580mm.

The standard size backgammon set comes with pieces of 38mm diameter and has a board size of 500mm x 500mm

Here at Forwood Design we focus on the standard backgammon board size as it’s a comfortable size set to play on and does not take up the space that the larger boards do.