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What is "tournament size"?
Is there such a thing? Most clubs I know of are BYOB (bring your own
board), so I'm assuming I can walk in with any board.
I'm asking that because the other day I saw a set of "tournament size"
Bakelite pieces whose diameter was "1.25" inch. Hoewever, I've seen many
different sets whose seller/creator claims to be tournament size.
Is there a rule for that, like in chess, or what?
Patti Beadles writes:
In backgammon, "tournament size" means, approximately, "big". It's
not really a fixed size so much as larger than the typical cheezy
Chuck Bower writes:
The Chicago Point Web page has the US Rules at:
You will NOT find a definition of tournament size set. The size of
checkers is generally not legislated. 1.75 inch (= 1 3/4 inch = 44.45 mm)
is the commonly accepted "tournament" size checker in the US, but there
is no requirement that they be used. 1.5 inch (38 mm) and 2 inch (51 mm)
are sometimes seen at tournaments. Smaller than this is unusual but legal.
The problems with small boards (IMO) is that
1) They often don't have enough surface for the dice to "roll freely" and
2) on a typical table they sometimes limit vision.
The important thing is that the ad you refer to actually gave you
the dimensions. If they had said "tournament size" and then NOT listed
dimensions, the ensuing confusion could be blamed on them.
Daniel Murphy writes:
Danish Backgammon Federation rules define tournament size as
minimum 44 cm x 55 cm
maximum 66 cm x 88 cm
For the metrically impaired, that is
minimum 17.32 inches x 21.65 inches
maximum 25.98 inches x 34.64 inches.
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