Posted By: backgame In Response To: Score cards (Tom Keith)
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2013, at 1:07 a.m.
In Response To: Score cards (Tom Keith)
Here is an anlogy to golf. On the links, scores are generally given relative to par. For example, “Phil is 3 under after 17,” and, “Rory is 2 under after 16.”
Opponents of away-scoring in backgammon might prefer that these golfers always use stroke count. In the foregoing example, we might have, “After 17, Phil 65,” and, “After 16, Rory 62.”
Golf scoring is exactly like backgammon scoring in its present form. The requirement in the rules is that scores are kept and written on the score card in absolute numbers e.g., 4, 3, 4, 3, 5 ...65. But these scores are conversationally and informally reported as relative to par, e.g. E,-1,-1,-1,E ...-7.
Who away how many is really not too difficult to cipher in backgammon.
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