Backgammon Rules on Etiquette

Aside from the general backgammon rules there are other rules that apply to other matters of the game like playing etiquette. Match rules are those that are often applied to a match where players try to reach a certain amount of points. There are also miscellaneous rules that apply to items of etiquette. The rules on etiquette will be discussed here.

As a matter of etiquette, when players roll the dice they must be roll them on their right hand side of the board. Both dice must land flat in the board and must have been rolled together. Part of this etiquette holds that when a die goes out of bounds (i.e. the dice bounces out and lands outside of the game board) both dice must be rerolled. This is also for any die that lands crooked even though it landed in the game board, this part of the etiquette is quite strictly considered on match games.

Another etiquette observed is that a player may not roll the his dice to move his checkers until his opponent finishes all the moves he can make in a given turn. Part of that same etiquette is that a player can know that his opponent's turn done and it is his turn to make a move when his opponent picks up his own dice -- this is the signal that it is the other player's turn.

Another part of the aforementioned etiquette is that if a player rolls the dice when his opponent has not pick up his dice he may have to reroll. But that will be according to the discretion of his opponent.

Though this part of the etiquette is not that strictly followed. This is especially true if when there is no further contact is possible, or in bear off situations, or whenever our opponent's move is indeed forced.

The next piece of etiquette concerns illegal moves. If a move played by one of the players is not legal, either the player who made the move or his opponent may correct the said play. The only exception to this rule is that the correction will only be applicable before the other player rolls his dice. This rule further states that if a player notices that his opponent has made an illegal move but corrects the play after he has rolled the dice, the correction will not be applied and the erroneous move will be upheld as valid.

These rules are more of a matter of procedure or etiquette. Though not all of these are applied strictly it is really important for players to have an understanding of the rules and etiquette mentioned above. We may never know when such rules may be called for and applicable to a certain situation in the game.