The World Backgammon Federation (WBGF) governs the popular two-player table game enjoyed by millions around the world. WBGF coordinates the interests of their members and establishes the development of all backgammon policies. Rules are regulated for competitions on a global level, players are evaluated and ranked, and ethical standards and respect of human dignity are strongly encouraged. The federation also aims to establish regional governing bodies to ensure further promotion globally. One of the important objectives of WBGF is to ensure that backgammon receives legal recognition as a mind sport on a national and international level, including according to the principles of Olympic and sport rules. WBGF is based in Schwaz, Austria.
Each player has fifteen pieces (men) that move between twenty-four triangles on a board. The triangles are referred to as points and the pieces are moved according to the roll of two dice. The object is to move all your fifteen pieces off the board. Although the dice does mean the boardgame has an element of luck, it also involves a great deal of strategy. This is evident over a series of games, as the better player will be moving their own pieces, while at the same time considering the countermove by the opponent. Each side of the board has twelve triangles (points) and they form a continuous track in the shape of a horseshoe. These are numbered 1 to 24. In a standard game, the fifteen pieces are arranged with two on the 24-point, three on the 8-point, and five on the 13-point and 6-point. The two players move their pieces in opposing directions from the 24-point to the 1-point. To start the game, each player throws the dice. The player with the higher number moves first based on that number.