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Scoring, Rules, etc.
BDO World Championships
PDC World Championships
WDF World Cup

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Darts

Is darts a sport?

For me, a sport is a game (or other form of competition) in which success depends on some physical activity or skill. So chess, for example – fine game though it is – is not a sport, because it depends entirely on mental skill. Darts, on the other hand, clearly involves a physical skill; so despite the fact that in all fairness not many of even its top–class participants could be described as athletes, it is definitely a sport.

Scoring, Rules, etc.

Name of the line behind which the thrower must stand Click to show or hide the answer
Horizontal distance from the oche to a point below the face of the board Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Height from the floor to the centre of the bull Click to show or hide the answer

Points for the bullseye Click to show or hide the answer
Points for the outer bull Click to show or hide the answer
Lowest number (positive integer) that you can't score with one dart Click to show or hide the answer
Lowest number above 2 that you can't score with three scoring darts Click to show or hide the answer
Lowest number from which you can't finish on a double with three darts Click to show or hide the answer
Highest number from which you can finish on a double (with three darts) Click to show or hide the answer
Number of scoring zones on a dartboard Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Minimum number of darts to finish a game of 501 – whether or not you end on a double Click to show or hide the answer
Maximum weight of a dart Click to show or hide the answer
Maximum length of a dart Click to show or hide the answer
Madhouse Click to show or hide the answer
Basement or Bottom of the House Click to show or hide the answer
Bed and Breakfast (B&B), or Half a Crown: total score of Click to show or hide the answer
Hitting single, double and treble of the same number, in one turn Click to show or hide the answer

Numbers on the board

Sooner or later, if you do enough quizzes, you're going to get asked about the order that the numbers appear on a dartboard. The trouble is that it's deliberately random; and this is why question setters love this subject.

If you play darts a lot, it probably comes as second nature. Those of us who don't will just have to learn the complete sequence, which is:

201 18413 61015 2173 19716 81114 9125

Some people might be able to learn this as it stands, but most of us (if we do want to learn it) will have to break it down into bite–sized chunks.

Some points to note:

The numbers at the "cardinal" points – equivalent to 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock (highlighted in the list above) – are 20, 6, 3 and 11. Interestingly (!), two of these numbers (6 and 3) are the same as on a clock – but they're the wrong way round! If you can remember this, it might help you to "get your bearings" and keep the other 16 numbers in their respective places
In general, single and double digit numbers alternate. There are two pairs of double–digit numbers: 10 and 15, and 11 and 14. (Note that each of these pairs adds up to 25)
16 comes between 7 and 8, and 17 comes between 2 and 3

If you've got a method for remembering it, please let me know!

BDO World Championships

Sponsors of the BDO world championship, from its inception in 1978 until the ban on smoking sponsorship in 2003 Click to show or hide the answer
Venue of the first BDO world championship (1978): Heart of the Midlands club, Click to show or hide the answer
Stoke–on–Trent night club, venue of the BDO world championships 1979–85 Click to show or hide the answer
Venue of the BDO world championship since 1986, and sponsor since 2004 (Frimley Green, Surrey) Click to show or hide the answer
First BDO (Embassy) World Professional Darts Champion (1978); runner–up 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
Second winner (1979); also won in 1987 and 1993; runner–up five times including 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Five times BDO (Embassy) world champion, 1980–6; runner–up five times (most recently 1991); first darts player to be awarded the MBE (1989) Click to show or hide the answer
First Scottish winner (1982 and 1989); died in 2012, 2 days after his 62nd birthday Click to show or hide the answer
Winner 1983, aged 23; youngest winner until Klaasen (see below) Click to show or hide the answer
First non–British winner (1994); also won the PDC title in 2003 and 2008 (Canadian) Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch player: 4 times BDO world champion, 1998–2005; the first non–Commonwealth winner; won the PDC title at the first attempt in 2007, beating Phil Taylor in an epic final Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch player, became the youngest ever world champion when he won the BDO title in 2006 aged 21 years 90 days Click to show or hide the answer
Winner of the BDO Women's World Championships in its first seven years, 2001–7; also in 2010, 2011 and 2016 Click to show or hide the answer

PDC World Championships

Venue of the first 14 PDC world championships, 1994–2007 (an entertainment venue and nightclub in Purfleet, Essex) Click to show or hide the answer
Venue since 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
Sponsor of the PDC world championships, 1994 and 1998–2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Sponsor of the PDC world championships, 2003– Click to show or hide the answer
PDC world champion in 2018, 11 months after turning professional; beat Phil Taylor in the final (Taylor's last professional match) Click to show or hide the answer
First winner of the PDC title (1994); also runner–up four times, 1996–2000, and previously BDO champion 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
PDC world champion 14 times, 1995–2013, including 11 times out of 12 1995–2006 (all but 2003); appeared in the first 14 finals (runner–up in 1994, 2003 and 2007); also won the BDO title in 1990 and 1992; nicknamed The Power Click to show or hide the answer

WDF World Cup (Men's)

First winners of the WDF World Cup, 1977 (also won in 1993 and 1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Winners of the WDF World Cup, 2005, 2007 and 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Winners every other year (1979, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 95, 99, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2015) Click to show or hide the answer

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