Backgammon Tournament Pre-Game Rules

Since a backgammon tournament is also a formal match among players it can't be helped if things like preferred equipment would also be put into question. In such circumstances there are backgammon rules and tournament regulations that will address such concerns. The things you'll find mentioned here might seem trivial but in a backgammon tournament they would mean a lot.

Let's begin with the equipment preferences that players may demand. There are backgammon tournaments that allow a replacement of the equipment currently used in a match. Some tournaments may only allow it before the actual match but it is reasonable enough to replace the equipment even if you have an ongoing match. The reason behind the possibility of a change of equipment could be a possible disadvantage to one player or that the equipment might have been damaged during your game.

Sometimes the reason for replacing the equipment may simply be just a bit of player's preference. A player may ask that precision dice be used like the ones used in a casino. Or perhaps another player may favor the use of lipped dice cups. You will surely experience the use of baffle boxes since either a player favors it or the directors may require it. The rule here is that if one player gets a piece of preferred equipment then the opponent should also get the same. Sometimes the use of certain equipment may be regulated or prescribed by the tournament committee or directors.

If you're not familiar with a baffle box, here's a simple description. It's a device that's shaped like a box that can usually be adjusted to fit the size of a backgammon board. It will have an opening on the top and one on the side facing the board. Players drop dice into the hole on the top and the dice get jostled around as they make their way out of the hole at the side. They will land on the backgammon board and the effect will be a random dice roll.

One preliminary item before beginning the match will be which side you're playing on the backgammon board. Some tournaments may ask players to agree whether who plays what color of checkers, the location of player seats taken, and the direction of play. If a tournament doesn't give players that privilege then it will most probably be settled by a dice roll.

Another pre-game regulation you will encounter is that players may ask a mixing of the dice. This is done by shaking all four dice in one cup then rolling them onto the backgammon board. Each player picks two dice one a time in turn.

These are the backgammon rules covering pre-game regulations. A lot of it has to do with preferences before the actual match.


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