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Ten commandments of backgammon

From:   Morten Wang
Date:   9 November 1997
Subject:   the 10 commandments of backgammon

a few weeks back Daniel Murphy posted an article mentioning "De 10 Bud
i Backgammon", an article from the Norwegian Backgammon Federation's
magazine "Norpunkt".

after reading it I asked myself whether there was an English version
available, but I could not find any.  none of the large Backgammon
sites have it, and I couldn't find it through the major search

therefore I sat down today and made a little version of my own.  my
skills of KJV style English are limited, so I post it here so people
can give me suggestions as to how it should sound.  you can also
access an HTML-version of it through my website, the direct URL is

The 10 Commandments of Backgammon
1.  Thou shalt have no other games before me.

2.  Thou shalt not make unto thee an image of me being a simple,
    accidental or tiresome game.  For I let punishment for thy sins
    come unto thee in thy third or fourth tournament of them that hate
    me, and shewing mercy in thousands of tournaments of them that love
    me, and keep my commandments.

3.  Thou shalt not misuse thy cube, for the dice will not hold him
    guiltless that doubles early.

4.  Remember the tournament day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou
    read thy theory, and play for money.  But the seventh day is the
    tournament day.  Then shalt thou play not for money, but for honour
    and rating.

5.  Honour thy club and thy federation, that thy days of playing upon
    the land be many.

6.  Thou shalt not roll 5-2.

7.  Thou shalt not break thy prime.

8.  Thou shalt not steal pips.

9.  Thou shalt not play with false dice.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy opponent's board.  Thou shalt not covet
    thy opponent's prime, nor his advanced anchor, nor his rolls of
    the dice, nor any thing that is thy opponent's.

Based upon "De 10 Bud i Backgammon" as written in Norpunkt #7,
December 1994.  Other sources of information has been my dictionary,
and the KJV Bible, Exodus 20:1-17.


 "God does not deduct from our alloted life span
  the time spent playing backgammon."
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