Improvisation is a very important part of art, as well as our entire life: you never know what will happen next. The way people move in the town is also a kind of improvisation. When we go home, we can choose another road, or pop by for a visit to our friends. We may spontaneously step in for a cup of cappuccino in the nearest cafe, or even abruptly rush on the train to the suburbs to visit granny.
In 2020, we have had to change our habits. Now is not that simple to shake hands or hug your friend, as you've got to remember about everyone's safety.
We can imagine how people move in the town as graphic markings on the ground. Following them from one point to another, people are trying to keep the distance of 1,5 meters. Backgammon board can be a great example of such a graphical movement system.
The artist Xeato (read as «Khito») painted backgammon on the asphalt in one of the residential neighbourhoods of Almetyevsk. It's not just a static picture: you can play backgammon with your friends on this «board», keeping the distance of 1,5 meters. The rules of the game are different from the standard ones.
This is how «Almetyevsk backgammon» helps to spend time with loved ones in safe terms.
Backgammon was widespread in ancient times under different names, such as «Tabula» or «Twelve Points» in ancient Rome.
It is believed that backgammon is quite easy to play. However, there is a legend which demonstrates the complexity of the game. Once the Indians sent the rules of the game in chess to the Persians to test their ingenuity. The Persian sage Bozorgmehr
found it easy, and in response he sent the Indians his riddle, which they could not solve for 12 years. Backgammon, or New-Ardashir
was the name of this game, called after Ardashir I, the founder of the Sasanian Empire. It is believed that backgammon appeared in Persia (present-day Iran).
Backgammon is not only an ancient game connected with numbers and chances, but also one of the cultural codes of Tatarstan. Seniors get together in large groups at parks and play backgammon, and in many cafes of the republic you can sip leisurely at your tea and play a game or two.