by Douglas Zare
1 February 2008

Douglas Zare

Luck is an essential part of backgammon. Everyone gets good luck and bad, but some players go to great lengths to tell you how unlucky they are and how lucky you are, whether it is with heavy sighs over the board, or "nr" comments online.

It's poor form to comment on how lucky your opponent is. Since the outcome is the net result of luck and skill, and the outcome is known after the game, complaints that you are remarkably unlucky are the same as tiresome and pointless assertions that you are outplaying your opponent. It's particularly annoying when a player complains about his luck en route to victory.

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