Miscellaneous Scoring Rules in Backgammon

As a brief review of backgammon rules on scoring games each game is worth one point. You can raise the number of points you get for winning single games by using the doubling cube. Take note that you can only offer a double to your opponent before you roll your dice otherwise you will have to wait for your next turn.

At the beginning of the game the doubling cube will rest at the center of the backgammon board having the number 64 displayed on top. At the end of the game you get to win points according to what doubles have been made during the game. Gammons will make another double on the value of the game only after the doubles using the doubling cube have been put into effect. The same goes for a backgammon, only that a backgammon will triple the value whereas a gammon doubles.

There are other miscellaneous backgammon rules with regard to scoring games and matches. We'll discuss four of those popular or widespread rules, which are beavers, automatic doubles, the Jacoby Rule, and the Crawford rule. Beginners don't have to be overwhelmed by these rules since they are quite simple and they may or may not be applied during a game or match. That depends on the organization/club you're associated with or what rules players have agreed upon.

Beavers occur at the time a double is offered. When your opponent offers a double you can accept or take the offer and then immediately redouble the value of the game by declaring a beaver. The player who beavers will then have the privilege of keeping the doubling cube. The beavered player will now have the option to accept or decline.

Another optional scoring rule is automatic doubles. This rule applies at the start of the game specifically in the opening roll. This rule states that every time both players roll the same number in the opening the game value will automatically be doubled. This is done by turning the doubling cube to the next double value as it retains its position at the center of the backgammon board.

Our next optional rule is called the Jacoby Rule. This rule states that gammons and backgammons won't count if neither of the two players doubled during the game. This means that even though you won by a gammon you will only get one point if you didn't offer the cube.

The Crawford Rule is a standard rule that is used in backgammon match plays. This rule states that the doubling cube won't be in use when one player only needs one more point to win a match. This game that is played without the cube is obviously called a Crawford Game. If the leading player loses this game the doubling cube is put back into play. Some of these miscellaneous rules on scoring may apply only when agreed upon and some apply on certain types of games.