In my previous post, I shared some tips on what you should do before you play in a live backgammon tournament. To recap, you first have to coordinate with the organizers. You also have to make sure you have your own equipment before heading out. And last, you have to get yourself ready to play in any position. Here are more tips to help you out.
Learn the rules of the game – and the tournament – by heart
The first part is a given. You have to know how to play backgammon before you can even think of entering the tournament. However, you should know the specific rules to the tournament. This is actually in conjunction with the first tip I shared in the previous post. You’ll get all this information from the directors or organizers of the tournament.
Look at the schedule closely
This will of course help you decide which games to play, when to get there, and other timing related decisions. However, the reason I would like you to look at the schedule closely is for you to find out if there are other events in which you might like to participate. Some tournaments have lectures, exhibits, and other interesting activities. More than actually playing backgammon, you can get to learn other stuff while participating in a tournament. And at the end of the day, I think that that is one of the most important things.
Set your mindset
Know your expectations. Prepare to play – win or lose. And last, know that you will enjoy your time no matter what.