Forum Archive : Tournaments

Keeping score during a match

From:   Gregg Cattanach
Date:   25 June 2007
Subject:   Re: Tournament dilemma
Google:   g7Mfi.4840$

> What happens if both players have been keeping score and disagree on
> what the score is.

One thing I do is to keep a record of the cube and gammon situation in the
third column on the scoresheet.  You'll see some scoresheets (including
mine at the Southeast BG Championships) that has a column for 'Cube'.
Probably 2% of players actually put anything in there, but if you do, it's
a great chance that your version of a scoring dispute will be upheld by the

Here's what I enter:

Always show +X or -X where X is the number of points won or lost by me in
that game.

Next to that, I enter a 'g' or a 'bg' if a gammon or backgammon was won or
lost in that game.

Next to that, I enter either an up-arrow, down-arrow or a 'P'.  An up-arrow
means the cube was on my opponent's side of the board at the end of the
game. A down-arrow means I was holding the cube when the game ended.  A 'P'
means the game ended with someone passing a cube.

Other codes used that also be helpful are:

 'nc' for no cube (the cube was still centered at the end),
 'cr' for this was the crawford game,
 'fd' for taking the free drop,
 'lr' the game ended on the last roll or
 'ng' for no gammon.

These last two are for a situation like a +2 down-arrow (without a g for
gammon).   I'll put in 'lr' if I just won the game on the last roll by
rolling doubles or something, or 'ng' if I was playing on for the gammon
but didn't get it.

There are other systems but this one works for me.

With this kind of notation you'll have a complete record of how many points
were won or lost in each game and exactly HOW those points were won or
lost. And if you keep your scoresheets for the tournament, you may also see
some patterns about your cube play.  Like if you see a lot of -4 down
arrows and -2P, you might be doubling too early; i.e. your 2-cubes keep
coming back, stuff like that.


As for TD rulings when the two players can't agree on the score and both
have kept a written score and neither can make a persuasive argument for
their position, the score will often be 'decided' by a roll of the dice.
But the TD should make every effort to figure out what the true score
really should be.  Often the player that 'skipped' a game is the one that
is wrong. It's much easier to fail to record a game than to write down a
whole extra game.

Gregg C.
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