Standard Rules on Doubling and Scoring a Backgammon Game

Backgammon is commonly played over a series of games to determine which player wins. Friends may opt for a single game but when you play in a competition or in backgammon clubs you'll usually have matches where several games are played in a row. We'll go over backgammon rules on scoring games and the doubling rules.

Each game will normally be worth only one point in backgammon. So if you and your opponent are racing to reach seven points then you'll be playing a minimum of seven games in order to determine a winner. But since you have the doubling cube and other rules in backgammon regarding scoring games, you won't really have to play all seven games in order to win.

Let's start with the doubling cube. The doubling cube is the item in your set that looks like a dice only that it has numbers on its faces instead. This starts off at the center of the board at the beginning of each game. If you feel that you have an advantage you may take the cube and offer to double the value of the game. If your opponent accepts then he takes the cube and turns it to two (initially it has the number 64 displayed) and keeps it on his side. This means that only your opponent can redouble the value of the game.

In case your opponent declines you automatically win the game and get one point. But if your opponent offers to redouble you get to either accept or pass. The same rules apply when a redouble is offered more than once in the game. If you accept the offer to redouble the value of the game then you keep the doubling cube and display the next highest number (e.g. four, eight, etc. as redoubles go on). Any time one player declines the offer to redouble the player who offers the cube wins.

Another backgammon nuance you should become familiar with are gammons and backgammons. When you get to bear off all your checkers before your opponent can bear off at least one then whatever the value of the game is after it has been doubled using the cube will again be doubled because you win by what is called a gammon.

Backgammons are like gammons but it triples the present value of the game you're playing. To qualify for a backgammon you must bear off all your checkers while having opposing checkers on the bar or on your very own home board. By utilizing these backgammon rules you can increase the number of points you can earn at the end of every game you play.