About Backgammon Proficiency Test

Summary

This Backgammon Proficiency Test attempts to fairly assess your skill at playing backgammon.

Backgammon game outcomes are not determined merely by luck.
Although there are scenarios that require intuition or bargaining with your opponent, there also are many aspects typified by probability, such as risk analysis and “mathematical knowledge” or “strategic thinking,” that affect the game. Backgammon is essentially a game of logic.
In recent years, software for computer-based analysis of backgammon has become popular; the importance to the game of disciplined and logical mathematical thinking has been drawing increasing attention.

This Backgammon Proficiency Test is intended to measure your “degree of knowledge and understanding of backgammon” that is, the logical abilities that are not dependent on luck and intuition.
In addition to a general knowledge of backgammon, there is a wide range of related fields that are of interest, involving mathematical knowledge such as probability calculation, theory, and strategy.

This test is sponsored by the Association of Backgammon Education, a group of education professionals. The test has also been certified as official by the Japanese Backgammon League.
This test has been developed to provide the world with a “world standard” backgammon test; some of the world’s leading players have been among the initial examinees who were held to vet the test.

Benefits

1. You can improve your basic backgammon skills

As it provides a commentary on all related issues, you can expect to improve your basic skills of backgammon by repeating the questions and commentary.
While the global top players, Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki, Michihito “Michy” Kageyama, and Kazuya Nagai are responsible for writing the test, Mochy supervised the entire process. Thus, the quality of the test is guaranteed. The test allows examinees to demonstrate strategic thinking and to help them understand the concepts of top players by repeatedly reviewing the descriptions of the issues and questions.

2. You can check your own level of expertise

High quality, well-balanced questions from a wide range of fields make it possible to evaluate the overall ability of an individual. Characteristics and weakness are identified as “strong in the early stages,” “weak in late-middle stages,” etc.

Furthermore, by comparing your current results to the results when you last took the test, or to famous overseas players’ results, you will be able to gauge your level of backgammon skills from various angles.

Guidelines

In Japan, you can take the exam at the Ouisen Tournament in May.
We plan to irregularly schedule the official test circuit at other conventions and meetings, as well as at the world tournaments such as the Nordic Open, the Texas Backgammon Championships, and the Istanbul Open. (Note: the test will be in the same form and will incorporate the same problems as at the Ouisen Tournament.)

With the confirmation of the information such as date, venue, and price, we will announce the details for each test on this or at the convention sites.

Format

Currently, there is no classification of level (i.e., expert, intermediate, beginner, etc.) in the Backgammon Proficiency Test. Examinees are assumed to be at least at an intermediate level.
We plan to create tests for beginners.
The test problems are usually annually updated.

1. Backgammon Proficiency Test (for intermediate or advanced players)

Number of questions:50 (Multiple-choice questions)
Test time:60 min
Expected level:Intermediate to advanced players (anyone can take a test; no qualification required)
Remarks:Scored immediately; no pass or fail
Results will be published after the test (a choice of anonymous publication is available). ⇒ Example

Listed below is a problem sample from the past (from the first Backgammon Proficiency Test No.1)

No.1
How do you move black 43?
match condition: unlimited
cube: center



a.24/21 13/9
b.24/20 13/10
c.24/21 6/2*
d.13/10 13/9

See the correct answer and explanation here

c.24/21 6/2*

初手に相手が 4 でビルダーを下ろしてきた時は、放置しておくと次にいろいろな仕事をされてしまう。2p をヒットして相手の片目を奪うのが定石。3 はスプリットして 2 のデュープリケーションを利かせる。相手の 16,36,46,56,66 などが悪い目となる。

History

May 2011 The first Backgammon Proficiency Test took place at JBL Ouisen tournament.
2011 The Backgammon Certification Committee founded.
Nov 2011 The first Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Las vegas Open in the U.S.
Apr 2012 The first Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Nordic Open 2012 in Denmark.
May 2012 The 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test took place at the JBL Ouisen tournament.
Sep 2012 The 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Saitama backgammon meeting.
Oct 2012 The 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at JBL backgammon festival 2012.
Jan 2013 The 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Istanbul Open in Turkey.
Jan 2013 The Backgammon Certification Committee is renamed to the Association of Backgammon Education.
Mar 2013 The 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Nordic Open 2013 in Denmark.
May 2013 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test and the 1st Backgammon Proficiency Test for Beginners took place at JBL Ouisen tournament 2013.
May 2013 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Porto Carras International Open in Greece.
Oct 2013 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) and the 2nd Backgammon Proficiency Test for Beginners took place at JBL backgammon festival 2013.
Jan 2014 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Istanbul Open 2014 in Turkey.
Jan 2014 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at 2014 Texas Backgammon Championships in the U.S.
Mar 2014 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Akasaka backgammon meeting.
Apr 2014 The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) took place at Nordic Open 2014 in Denmark.
May 2014 The 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test and the 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test for Beginners took place at JBL Ouisen tournament 2014.
May 2014 The 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test (the official test circuit) at 34th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament took place in the U.S.