playing a game of Backgammon, there is a certain etiquette or
protocol you should follow to help make sure your game is a
happy and pleasant one for both you and your opponent..
Like many other games, Backgammon has its
own unwritten code of etiquette that a player is often expected
to follow. Some playing practises can really annoy and
grate your opponent and spectators alike. It is simply
good manners not to do these things and following a protocol
makes a game of Backgammon much more pleasant and enjoyable for
you and everyone else.
Below are some tips and advice on how to
behave during the course of a Backgammon game, listing good and
bad things a player may do. A pro knows these things and
Things you should do...
At the start of a game, introduce
yourself, shake hands and give your opponent a friendly comment,
like "good luck" or just ask something small like "where are you
from?". It doesn't matter exactly how you do this as long
as it's in good spirit.
At the end of a game, give your opponent a
friendly farewell comment like "well played" or "hope to play
Both players should keep track of scores
to make sure you are both in agreement. Announce scores
and acknowledge it when your opponent does so.
Shake the dice properly with at least
three shakes. Roll the dice gently onto the board but make
sure your opponent isn't still taking their turn.
Things you shouldn't do...
on any perceived lucky throws of the dice your opponent may
roll. It implies they aren't skilful or playing well, but
just fortunate. It isn't considered good sportsmanship to
do this. Similarly don't comment on any bad rolls of the
time. Of course you should consider your moves, but don't
drag it out to ridiculous levels.
Don't move the
doubling cube unless you have decided to use it. It's
off-putting to touch and pick up the doubling cube when you're
sneer, or make any derogatory noise, gesture, or comment at your
opponent's moves. It just simply isn't good play and very
Don't do other
activities, especially when playing online. It is
extremely disrespectful to use your phone and so on, when
playing. Give your game your full attention.
consider what effect your behaviour and actions have on those
around you. This makes the whole game more pleasant and