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Tournament Rules and Guidelines

Posted By: Perry Gartner
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2012, at 2:19 p.m.

In Response To: Tournament Rules and Guidelines (Henrik Bukkjaer)

Henrik, Daniel raises an important point that merits discussion.

He says:. "Keep in mind that whatever agreement is reached to adopt one (amended) rules set, that agreement is going to be voluntary. It's not going to be "the international rules" that everyone "must" abide by. Any organization using it will be free to modify it as they please. That is because there is no international backgammon organization. And there won't be any international backgammon organization until what few bona fide national organizations exist agree that there are compelling and cost-effective reasons for them to form an international body, with who knows what authority- and cost-sharing relationship that body would have with the organizations that are actually doing everything that's being done now -- writing rules, promoting the game, running tournaments, acquiring sponsor money, maintaining rating lists ."

I would like to explore with you, together with representatives of other interested Federations, the possibility of cooperating with each other to form an international organization, with the limited scope of adapting rules and guidelines for tournament play. It doesn't seem the collective body of Federations at this stage are ready from the perspective of financial resources to be able to undertake a full fledged international federation, but perhaps we can start on a small scale.

I do want you to know the USBGF would prefer to see international rules that are enforcable rather than voluntary, and we open to any course of action to achieve this goal, such as adopting DBgF current rules.


Perry Gartner President, USBGF

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