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Rules for doubles play (with a partner)

From:   steve
Date:   16 May 2012
Subject:   playing doubles partner in tournament play
Forum: Forums

Can anyone tell me where I can find the rules for playing doubles partner
in tournament play. Never done doubles before and after researching, I
can't find what's allowed, ie. discussing moves, cube or who can ultimately
decide what. Thanks in advanced for any help.

Stick  writes:

I don't know of any place that spells out doubles rules.  Here is what you
need to know.

  * You can discuss all moves and decisions with your doubles partner.
    Obviously you should do that mostly on your turn and not talk when it's
    the other teams turn/decision.

  * Only the individual sitting at the board and doing the rolling is
    allowed to touch the pieces or make a move. Do not move back pieces or
    anything if you are not playing. It's both illegal and bad form. If
    your opponents do this alert them to it immediately and tell them in a
    nice way it is unacceptable. This happens more often than one would
    think. It is very tough and distracting to keep track of where the
    checkers are if you have two different people moving them.

  * In accordance with the above, the final say goes to the player rolling
    the dice. If he wants to make the worst play in the world ultimately
    you can do nothing about it except sit there bitch, plead, and beg that
    he doesn't. This is one reason why it's important to have a good

  * Nobody has to play. One person can roll the entire match, you can
    switch every game, doesn't matter. You can not switch in the middle of
    a game.

I think those are the biggest things you need to know. Any other specific
questions fire away. You are allowed to discuss with your partner in
another language if that's an option for you. If not, whisper if you don't
want your opponents to hear.


Klaus Evers  writes:

Are both players allowed to hit the clock?  One rolling and playing, and
the partner expresses his agreement by hitting the clock. Would that be OK?

TarHeelFan  writes:

No, this would not be OK.  If anything, it's worse than touching the
checkers. Only the person sitting at the board can play, which includes
hitting the clock.  Can you imagine the disputes that could start from "Can
we just look at my play?"

Chiva Tafazzoli  writes:

The playing part of the team has to roll, to move checkers, to double, to
accept and to hit the clock.  He has the final decision.  And he has to hit
the clock with the same playing hand.  The clock also placed on the same
side as bear-off.
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