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12.4.4 Why am I allowed to place more than 5 checkers on a point?

The official backgammon tournament rules allow to put all 15 checkers on a point. If you want to play with a maximum of 5 checkers, go to the menu Settings and activate the Egyptian Rule. Notice, the Egyptian Rule is not in the standard rules of backgammon. The position evaluator in GNU Backgammon doesn't have a clue about how to evaluate positions according to the Egyptian rule either. It strongly recommended that this rule is not used if you're trying to learn backgammon.