Tournament Sportsmanship and Backgammon Etiquette

Backgammon tournaments are the pinnacle of competition in this game. You get to play at your best when you do it in a tournament setting. Playing in tournaments is also a big boost to anyone's playing skill. Even beginners can participate since participants compete in divisions according to their skill level. However, with tournaments come backgammon etiquette and sportsmanship.

Backgammon tournaments are not only occasions to display your playing prowess but your best behavior as well. Certain backgammon etiquette must be followed to show respect and ensure that the games remain amiable. We'll go over a few important rules on good behavior that applies to a tournament setting.

First in our list of backgammon etiquette is being cordial to your opponent. Part of cordiality is coming to the scheduled game on time. Not only will you be disqualified or penalized for being late, this is also a display of poor etiquette.

Being friendly to your opponent will also require a greeting before you begin the game. Don't act as if you're overly eager to begin playing. Take time to agree upon certain conditions in the game, like the direction the checkers will go for instance. It is proper to acknowledge your opponent for being there.

Some of the things about cordiality and proper backgammon etiquette have to do with how you behave during the game. For instance, it is not right to shake your dice when your opponent is still making his moves. This is quite distracting, which is also a display of your impatience while waiting for your opponent to finish.

It's quite alright to be excited about the game's development, but don't let it get blown overboard and shout whenever you double or make any other move. A simple and formal offer to double will be sufficient. That also goes if you redouble or pass the cube.

Part of backgammon etiquette is to score the game. You should also score the game even if your opponent is already doing it. This is not only a safeguard against cheating; it also shows that you care about the game. Always compare scores with your opponent and acknowledge if the figures are correct.

If ever you end up winning the match then it is perfectly fine to thank your opponent for playing. If ever you lose, congratulations are due to your opponent. However, never mention that the victory was out of luck. And never even hint that your opponent played poorly.

Backgammon etiquette is necessary when playing in a tournament. It is important to display sportsmanship during these competitive events.


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