Ways to Irritate Your Opponent

If you had any sense of humor in you, you would have realised immediately after reading the title that this post is intended for entertainment purposes mainly. Though I suppose you might glean some insight somehow, you probably end up laughing more – that is, if you know the least thing about backgammon. Thanks to Phil Simborg for coming up with these ideas.

1. Call his worst rolls for him.
2. Call your second best roll, and if you roll your best roll, complain.
3. If he wins a game or match, tell him how lucky he was.
4. If you win a game or match, tell him how amazing it was you won with all those bad rolls.
5. Whenever he’s thinking about a tough play, or counting pips, tap the table impatiently, sigh heavily, and keep shaking your dice to distract him.
6. Whenever you get a perfect roll that closes him out or ends the game, pretend you don’t see it right away and make the play very slowly, acting like you’re thinking about doing something else.
7. Whenever he makes a daring play, like leaving a voluntary shot, or gambling for a G instead of doubling, and it doesn’t work—be sure to tell him you wouldn’t have done that.

This is really only half of the list that Simborg came up with. Let us see if we can pull up the second half and place them here next time. In any case, why don’t you try some of these moves the next time you play someone you don’t particularly like?

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