The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to inform backgammon players and enthusiasts across the country of a significant update to the tournament backgammon ruleset, set to come into effect on January 1, 2024. Tournament directors, at their discretion, can implement the new rules earlier. These changes are the result of international collaboration aimed at aligning the worldwide backgammon community on a standardized ruleset.
You may find our updated ruleset here, usbgf.org/tournament-rules
Standardized Rules Worldwide
The new USBGF ruleset has been developed in collaboration with the World Backgammon Federation (WBGF) and independent tournament directors. The objective was to facilitate consistent play, fair competition, and the enjoyment of the game by setting clear expectations and reducing disputes. With these new Rules, tournament backgammon will finally work exactly the same across the globe. While the USBGF Rules text differs from the text used in other countries or in other languages, all rulesets now have identical meaning and interpretation.
Key Rule Adjustments
To access a comprehensive summary of all rule changes for 2024, please refer to the provided PDF document outlining these amendments, USBGF Tournament Rules – Summary of Changes for 2024 (PDF).
Additionally, for an account of rule changes and clarifications that emerged as a result of public input, please consult the corresponding document, Summary of Changes from Public Comment – Proposed USBGF Rules for 2024 (PDF). If you previously reviewed the draft rules made available for public comment, you may find this list of changes particularly informative.
A Global Perspective
This harmonization effort acknowledges the global nature of backgammon and aims to provide players with a uniform experience, whether they’re competing at home or abroad. By aligning with international standards, the USBGF is committed to fostering an environment that values consistency and fairness in backgammon competition.
Looking to the Future
As we approach 2024, the U.S. Backgammon Federation is excited about the future of backgammon in the United States and on the international stage. These standardized rules represent the organization’s commitment to providing a consistent and equitable playing environment for backgammon enthusiasts nationwide. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the game, you can now travel to compete with the confidence that your backgammon experience will remain consistent and fair across international borders. Welcome to a new era of backgammon, where the world plays by the same rules.