“R” Backgammon Terms

Terms that Start with “R” Letter

There are - 39 - terms.


An immediate redouble by the player who just accepted a beaver.


The relative standing of the players' pip counts. The player with the lower pip count is said to be ahead in the race.

Race Equity

Winning chances that accrue from variations where there is no further hitting.

Railroad Tracks

To pile all your checkers on a few points (1); also called candlesticks.


A fee charged by a backgammon play site for hosting money games. It is usually a percentage of the winnings of each game.

Random Error (in a Rollout)

Variation in the result of a rollout due to chance. It results when the rolls for one side are luckier overall than the rolls for the other side. You can reduce the random error in a rollout by increasing the number of trialsCompare: Systematic Error.

Random Seed

A numeric value that uniquely determines the sequence of dice rolls produced by a random number generator.

Rated Match

A match that counts towards your rating.


A number associated with each player based on that player's record of performance against other rated players. When you win a match, points are added to your rating; when you lose, points are deducted from your rating. The size of the adjustment depends on the strength of your opponent—the higher the rating of your opponent, the more points you receive. Over time, your rating will tend to be higher than players weaker than yourself, and lower than players stronger than yourself.  See: FIBS rating formula.

Rating Points

Points assigned by a ratings system to players based on their performance against other rated players.

Ratings Inflation

A phenomenon that results when players exit a ratings pool at a lower rating than when they entered. The lost ratings remain with the players still in the pool, giving a higher average rating overall.