"Archaeology Today": Hittite Backgammon Board Find
Posted By: Rick Janowski
Date: Thursday, 18 July 2013, at 2:50 a.m.
The bi-weekly mag "Archaeology Today" recently reported the discovery of a backgammon board in an ancient Hittite tomb with the inscription Suonotonom rehtar gnimoceb si nivloc dor!" which is thought to be an early form of nactation (more properly termed nackoglyphic transcription). The position is included below though the cube is at 7 not 8 consistent with pre-decimal Sumerian-Babylonian numbering systems.
White is Player 2
72 point match pip: 69
Blue is Player 1
XGID=cDBBBBB------------bbbbbbA:3:1:1:00:49:27:0:72:10 Blue on roll, cube action?
eXtreme Gammon Version: 2.10
Nigel has kindly offered to undertake a 7-ply rollout (in keeping with Babylonian specifications), and I understand that Bill will be contacting the Hittite Embassy to locate the full match cuneiform transcription. Also it is expected a full analysis of this and similar positions will be provided soon in a Gammon-Village article Double-Close Outs in 72-point matches Next! by a well-known and popular analyst.
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