Durham/Chapel Hill Backgammon Club
based backgammon instructor and promoter
Phil Simborg wrote a couple of great
articles on backgammon etiquette back in 1995:
are still germane today. We urge you to read and comply with them.
Additionally, we expect our players to:
in a respectful and courteous manner.
on time for matches. Our weekly tournaments begin promptly at 6:00 PM. If
you wish to participate, arrive before then. If you're there, ensure that
any practice games are completed before that time.
sufficiently fast that you can finish a 5-point match in 60 minutes and a
3-point match in 35 minutes. Our venue shuts its doors at 10:30 PM.
If we run beyond that time, we have to finish outdoors ... which is no fun
in the winter time.
If you're watching a match, remain silent and impassive. Don't react to any
dice throws, checker moves, or cube actions, as your reaction may tip off the dice thrower to
something they may have missed. That would be grossly unfair to the opponent.
If you see a rules infraction, notify the tournament director.
tournament director ASAP if you observe any breaches of our etiquette
guidelines. It's important that everyone be civil to each other.
Getting into arguments alienates people and may disturb other patrons at our
venue ... who may complain to management and get us thrown out. That would
be a huge loss.