The backgammon chouette is a variant of backgammon for three or more players. Traditionally played in person, today, the internet allows this form of backgammon to be played across different countries and various platforms. The chouette is a fast-paced game, featuring frequent use of the doubling cube, discussion and dispute of possible moves, and shifting rivalries among players.
One player—the box—plays against a team consisting of all other participants. One member of the team is designated as the captain. The box and the rotation order are generally determined by the roll of dice.
The game is played on a single backgammon board according to standard rules. The captain makes the final decision on all checker plays for the team, although he can ask his team-mates for help in some situations. Usually, each member of the team has his own doubling cube vs. the box, and can double regardless of what his team-mates do, and he can accept or refuse a double independently of the other players. The result is that, although they are using a single backgammon set, each member on the team is playing a separate game against the box.
A chouette is generally played in the same way as backgammon money play. There is no "match score"; one game is played, scores are tabulated, and another game begins. The positions of the players are rotated after each game. In general, if the box wins, he remains the box. If the captain wins, he becomes the box for the next round. The loser goes to the bottom of the order and all other players move up one spot. In one variation, team members who successfully accepted or declined a double progress ahead of those who made the wrong decision.
Each player maintains a running score, corresponding to the number of points won or lost in each game, adjusted for gammons, backgammons, and the value of the doubling cube.
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- ABA chouette Rules, Backgammon in Georgia. Retrieved on June 8, 2006.
- Chouette Rules, Club Chouette Rules. Retrieved on June 8, 2006.