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> What is "clockwise"?
> And why do Snowie and JellyFish start playing in different
> directions of play? What direction is usually used in tournaments?
Clockwise is the direction your men will move from the back towards your
You can alter the direction of play in Snowie and Jellyfish, in their
Practice playing both ways until it doesn't matter to you. Then you never
have to argue with anyone about which way to play, you'll see the board
better, and you'll sometimes gain a bit of a psychological edge over
someone who can only play one way.
Hank Youngerman writes:
As a practical matter, whichever way the first player to the table
sets up the checkers is usually the way it is played.
In theory, everything - which direction to play, whose board to use,
which seat to have - is subject to a dice roll if the players
Most experienced tournament players don't care and will let an
opponent who has a preference choose the direction.
David Ullrich writes:
If one player is playing clockwise the other player is playing
Years ago I knew this person who could only play in one direction.
Took a while to convince her that it wasn't hard to learn to go both
ways - if everyone was either a clockwise player or a counter-clockwise
player then a given backgammon player could never play half the other
backgammon players in the world...
Gregg Cattanach writes:
There is one small legitimate reason to prefer clock-wise play to
counter-clockwise. If the home boards are on your right (you are playing
counter-clockwise), there generally is a lot more checkers on the side
where you must roll your dice. This can be a bit irritating at your dice
will be cocked more often rolling in that zone. But this is a minor
factor, and I agree completely that you should be completely comfortable
going in both
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