These rules were prepared in 1931 by the same committee that produced the 1931 Laws of Backgammon. This was only a few years after Chouette first became popular in the United States.
1931 Chouette Rules
- Chouette is played by three or more members.
- In beginning the game each member shall throw a die and the one throwing the highest number is then the "Man in the Box," the next highest is the "Captain." The other members, in accordance with each one's throw, rank below the Captain and succeed him in that order.
- The initial throw shall determine each member's position but in the event of a tie, only those tying throw again for their position. The highest or higher number always has precedence.
- Any applicant to Chouette may be accepted. He becomes the last ranking member in the first game in which he participates.
- After the positions have been determined the Man in the Box and the Captain proceed as in the two handed game except that all the remaining members are partners of the Captain.
- The Man in the Box plays alone and scores separately with each one of his adversaries. He retains his position until defeated. In such event, he retires as a player and takes his place as the last ranking member (unless there be an added member). Captain then becomes the Man in the Box.
- The Captain may consult with any or all of the partners on any question that may arise in the course of the game. He is, however, the final arbiter, except as hereafter provided. Should he be defeated, he loses his position and takes his place as last ranking member (unless there be an added member). The highest ranking partner then becomes Captain.
- A double offered by the Man in the Box may be refused by any partner. Each rejector forfeits to the Man in the Box his count previous to the proposed double.
- Should the Captain decline to accept a double offered by the Man in the Box he loses his position, and forfeits to the Man in the Box his count previous to the proposed double.
- When a double has been declined by the Captain, any or all of the other members may accept it. The highest ranking of those accepting becomes Captian until the termination of that game.
- Accepting or declining a double does not change the rank of the member; except that declining by the Captain loses him that position even though the game be eventually won by the accepting partners.
The following books have an earlier (1930) version of these rules: