Durham/Chapel Hill Backgammon Club Tournaments

 

 At every club meeting we will hold one or more simultaneous main tournaments.  The rules are:

 

  1. Entry fee = $ 5 plus an optional $ 10 side pool collected prior to 6:00 PM

  2. 100% return

  3. Format is double elimination if we have 4 or more entrants.  See the Divisions table, below, for details.

  4. We comply with U.S. Backgammon Tournament Rules & Procedures with the exception that we play "Legal Moves".  We substitute the following for rule 4.8: "4.8 ILLEGAL MOVES. A player may not condone his opponent's illegal play; rather, he must require the opponent to replay the roll legally."

  5. Our club is "clock preferred".  This means that if a player has a clock and wishes to use it in a match, it must be used.

  6. Clock use may be imposed on a player if that player is playing too slowly.  We strive to finish prior to closing time (10:00 PM), and players must play quickly enough to avoid backups.  A 5-point match should take no longer than 60 minutes; a 3-point match should take no longer than 35 minutes.

  7. When clocks are used, we comply with U.S. Backgammon Clock Rules & Procedures  (Here's how to set up an Excalibur Game Time II Clock)

  8. Cube is in play except for the Crawford game.

  9. Some words about backgammon etiquette.  If your opponent breaches any etiquette guidelines, please alert the tournament director ASAP. 

  10. Please bring your own backgammon board along with pen/pencil and paper for scoring.

  11. Bye Eligibility Rule:  Priority for first round byes will be given to people who purchased a meal at Jason's prior to the start of that night's tournament or at the previous tournament they attended.  If you purchase a meal, let Director Ken Larsen know about it.

  12. 6:00 PM:  Subject to the previous Bye Eligibility Rule, a random draw will be made after all entry fees have been collected.  Out of fairness in the year long points race, the club director, Ken Larsen, ... who likely will attend every meeting ... will not take a bye, and he will sit out if there are 3, 5, 9, 17, or 25 entrants. 

  13. If we have more than 8 entrants, the field will be split into divisions as described in the "Divisions" section, below.

  14. Payout and points awarded will depend upon the number of entries in each division:

The following is a table of cash and points which will awarded to high finishers in each tournament.  Prior to 2016 only the top 25% received points.  Beginning in 2016 points will be awarded to the top 50%.

 

Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

# of entrants

in a division

1st

$ (points)

2nd

$ (points)

3rd
$ (points)
4th
$ (points)

Winner

$ points

Runner-up

$ -points

Winner

$ - points

Runner-up

$ - points

2

$10 (2.00)

0

N/A N/A

$ = same as division 1

 

Points = 1/2 that of division 1 if there are only two divisions;

2/3 of division 1 if there are three divisions.

$ = same as division 1

 

Points = 1/3 that of division 1

3

$12 (2.33)

$3 (0.67)

0 N/A

4

$15 (2.67)

$5 (1.33)

0 0

5

$18 (3.33)

$7 (1.67)

0 0

6

$21 (3.43)

$9 (1.71)

$ 0 (0.86) 0

7

$24 (4.00)

$11 (2.00)

$ 0 (1.00) 0

8

$27 (4.27)

$13 (2.13)

$ 0 (1.07) $ 0 (0.53)

This is modeled after the system used by the American Backgammon Tour (ABT).

  1. Side pool money goes 100% to the side pool participant who advanced the furthest providing that they won at least one real (non-bye) match.  If there is a tie, it will be split equally among those who advanced the furthest and had at least one real/non-bye win.
  2. At some point in the future we may impose a $ 5.00 surcharge if attendance grows and an insufficient number of people buy food/drink.  Other clubs (e.g. Chicago Point) have lost their venue for failing to do so.

 

Divisions

 

Jason's Deli closes at 10 PM.  To ensure that we finish by then, if we have more than 9 entrants, we will split the field into divisions (1, 2, 3, etc.) per the following table: 

 

 

# of

entrants

# in

Division 1

# in

Division 2

# in

Division 3

# in

Division 4

2

2

 

 

 

3 N/A - Tournament director will sit out.

4

4

0

0

0

5

N/A - Tournament director will sit out.

6

6

0

0

0

7

7

0

0

0

8

8

0

0

0

9

N/A - Tournament director will sit out.

10

6

4

0

0

11

7

4

0

0

12

8

4

0

0

13

7

6

0

0

14

8

6

0

0

15

8

7

0

0

16

8

8

0

0

17

N/A - Tournament director will sit out.

18

8

6

4

0

19

8

7

4

0

20

8

8

4

0

21

8

7

6

0

22

8

8

6

0

23

8

8

7

0

24

8

8

8

0

  single 15 point match
  7/7-5/5 double elimination
(Winner's bracket matches and first round of loser's bracket will be 7 points.  All other matches will be 5 points.) 
  5/3/3 double elimination
If 6 people, then people with byes in round 1 will play a 7-point match.
  3/2/3 double elimination

 

* -If we get more than 24, anyone who has had a history of not ordering food at Jason's will be excluded from the tournament.  It is vital that players support our venue so that we will continue to be welcome there. 

 

Division Selection Criteria

 

Deciding which division a person will play in is based on several factors and is still a work in progress.  Club member feedback is welcome.

 

The following factors are currently considered:

 

  1. Average points won per tournament that the person played in over the lifetime of the club.  Tournament director Ken Larsen will bring a sheet of this statistic to each meeting.  This will be the primary criteria, but if there is a paucity of recent information on a player, it will be factored less.
  2. For newcomers and members who haven't participated much recently:  What outside-of-our-club tournament experience has the player had?
  3. What division does the player want to play?  This will be honored if there isn't too much disparity between the player's recent performance and the division the player wants to play in.
  4. Performance/Error rate data, if available.  Occasionally director Ken Larsen plays recorded practice/tutorial matches against members and uses eXtremeGammon to identify errors and error rates.  Ideally, this would be the best criteria to use, but we only have a tiny amount of this data.
  5. Opinions of regular club members on the skill level of new members.
  6. A player's willingness to enter the side pool will also be a factor. 

 

Obviously, there is a great deal of subjectivity here, but as we amass more data on club members and get additional member feedback, we'll improve the criteria.  Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

 

 

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