Backgammon is one of the most popular and competitive games on MSN Games (aka Zone.com) and finding an edge has spawned a lot of sites and software dealing with this subject. If you are willing to invest a little time, and possibly money, you will enhance your game.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Download a bot. A common cheat, a bot is a computerized program that aids your play. They're designed to help you improve your backgammon game by playing against them, which then analyzes your game. They give suggestions on how to improve your game and what the best move is in any given situation. After you've practiced it yourself, these programs can help you analyze the games you're playing against others.
Create a dummy account. If you create a dummy account and forfeit matches to yourself, or 'play' yourself till you lose, you will rise in the rankings since you're beating another "player." This will require the use of two computers.
Ask a friend for help. Have your friend create an account and forfeit matches or lose to you. You will rise in the rankings since you're beating another player.
Run the clock against your opponent. There's a bug in the system that sometimes allows you to run your opponent's clocks against himself. If the clock runs out on his turn it will award you five additional points.
Tips and warnings
- Keep in mind that not all bots are created equally. Some are better than others and some are free while others aren't. The most popular backgammon "bots" include Snowie, GNU Backgammon, Jellyfish and Bgblitz.
- Be aware there are people who seek to expose MSN backgammon cheats. There are even sites that post the usernames of people who are suspected of cheating, such as Gammoned's Hall of Shame.
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