Backgammon Match Play Rules

A really effective way to test your current backgammon skills is to try it out in a backgammon tournament. A backgammon tournament is an exciting way to test your game play and to learn more about the game. In a tournament setting, you'd be playing against backgammon players whose style and strategy you might not even know. It is really a great and fast way to pick up a few new tricks from other backgammon players.

If you do get the privilege to play in a backgammon tournament, remember that you'll be playing in a style called match play. Match play is the style of playing backgammon to figure out the overall winner in a tournament.

Backgammon players will be scheduled to compete in pairs. In match play, you'll be paired off in a series of backgammon games (i.e. the match). The player who wins in match play gets to advance forward into the next level of the tournament.

In match play, you don't strive to just win one game of backgammon. You don't even play the game and the player who wins more games wins the match. Match play doesn't exactly work that way. In match play both you and your opponent race to meet a certain number of points that was set by the officials of the backgammon tournament.

Usually, if you win one game of backgammon you get one point to your credit. But since you have the doubling cube, you can also get more points out of one game. Another way to get more points is by winning games through gammons and backgammons. The point system in match play works like the regular single backgammon game.

You get one point for the usual single game, two points for a gammon, and three points if you win a game via a backgammon. Using the doubling cube doubles the original amount of the game after counting the points you make through a gammon or backgammon.

Among the other miscellaneous backgammon rules, the Crawford rule is the only one that applies to match play. But other organizations or clubs may apply other rules during the backgammon tournament as well. You have to check with your backgammon club or organization regarding which rule applies. Most of the time the Jacoby rule won't be applied nor would automatic doubles and beavers be applied also.

Playing in backgammon tournaments lets you have a try at match play. Match play is a great way to hone your backgammon skills and to learn new tricks from other players.