Tournament Irregularities and the Play of the Game

If there is one part of the backgammon rules in a tournament setting that you should pay close attention to it is the rules on irregularities in a game. There are a lot of regulations involved to ensure that the games played during matches are fair and accurate. These rules cover checker handling, dice rolls, and illegal moves that players may commit.

To set things straight regarding dice rolls you should become familiar with what constitutes a legal roll. There are different definitions of legal rolls in different tournaments but you can sum it all up into shaking the dice adequately and tossing them onto the table making them roll freely and get a pretty random result. There is no prescribed manner when it comes to rolling the dice but the idea is that it should be fair and any other object would not interrupt the dice. The dice should land flat on the backgammon board if not then the dice must be rolled again.

Moving off to checker handling, you should use only one hand to move your backgammon checkers. The moves you make should be clear and distinct. Standard movement rules, like entering checkers from the bar should be done first before any other move, are applied in backgammon tournaments. You shouldn't touch either your dice or your checkers when it is not your turn.

Premature actions during tournaments include cube action and dice rolls that are deemed invalid. Take note that you are not allowed to pick up your dice let alone roll them, move checkers, or offer to double if your opponents haven't yet finished their turn. The signal for you to start rolling and making your moves is when your opponent picks up his dice. Any action done before that will be deemed invalid in the tournament.

It may occur at the onset of a game that there is an error in the set up of the checkers on the board. When players find such errors they should report it immediately before the game begins. Some tournaments are not that strict but would allow it even after several moves in the game have been made.

At the conclusion of a match the results should be turned in to a tournament official. The results will then be verified and then posted on a tally or draw sheet. The tournament director will have the right to correct any mistakes on the posted scores if any are found.

These are the backgammon rules in a tournament setting pertaining to irregularities and the play of the game. These rules ensure that the matches are fair to everyone participating in the tournament.


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