Backgammon Etiquette

Here are some common etiquette observed in backgammon. These are observed in both live and electronic backgammon play.

Proper Etiquette

1. Use a friendly tone in greeting your competitors at all times. Don't just proceed and roll the dice.

2. Always say goodbye after a match. Thank the player for a nice game, or whatever gives you some comfort.

3. On a double, gently put the cube in the middle, and say double. For a take, place it on your side and say "take." When you drop, place the cube properly where it belongs. and clearly utter "drop" or "pass".

4. The score should be monitored by both parties. You should declare the score or accept your opponent's declaration of the score, after every game. In a Crawford game, score announcement should be done during the start and the cube must be taken off the board.

5. Before rolling, the dice must be shaken three times. Avoid shaking when your opponent is playing or pondering about a play.

6. Remain silent and still while your opponent is Be quiet and still while your opponent is evaluating or playing.

Wrong Etiquette

1. Avoid mentioning the luck of your opponent or lucky spins, either in the duration or at the conclusion of the match. It is similar to assuming that he is winning or has won because of luck not by his skills.

2. Do not describe the bad roll of your opponent or your good rolls. It's annoying and whimsical.

3. Avoid holding the doubling cube if you mean to double. As a matter of fact, overtly or covertly, it could be a kind of dishonesty.

4. Unless your competitor is done picking up his dice, never roll the dice. Premature rolling, or at the same moment he picks up his dice, can cause conflict as to whether or not the roll counts, or whether or not the player is through contemplating about his play. This also unjustly hastens the competitor into playing.

5. Avoid laughing or giggling when your opponent spins a bad roll, or from rejoicing when you get a good roll.

6. Avoid delaying. It is not bad if you ponder about a real tough decision about your game. Even seasoned veterans require time to evaluate all the conditions. However, taking too long on a basic decision between two plays in the early stages of the game is quite unacceptable.

7. Avoid talking with people in the other table. Avoid petty conversations and focus your attention to the match.

8. If you wish to pause and take down a board position for future evaluation, ask your competitor if it's alright. Make it fast and avoid doing it many times.

9. Avoid saying "nice roll" or "good game" after each good roll and after each game. Giving compliment is just like telling your opponent that he was just lucky.