The following details may be subject to amendment.
For more information about eligibility to play in the Advanced Flight, please refer to Registration
Tournament Entry Levels
Masters and Advanced Flights
In the Advanced flight a player may enter just for the challenge, without paying any entry fee. In that case only the registration fee would be payable and the player would not be eligible to win any part of the main prize pool. However, if this player is a Premium member of the UKBGF, he or she would still be eligible to receive an added prize from a sponsor, or other member bonus.
In the Masters flight, all players pay the basic entry fee of £100. In addition, players may enter any one of the optional side pools, or a maximum of two pools (but only those which are adjacent in value). These pools are discrete and not variable. This means for example that a share of the lowest value pool can only be won by a player who has entered that pool, and not by a player who has only entered a pool or pools of a higher value.
All players who have been eliminated from the both the Main and the Fighters by end of play on Saturday will be entered into the Abbey Cup on Sunday (akin to the Last Chance in other tournaments), providing they are still present. There are two separate Abbey Cup competitions, one for Masters and one for Advanced. Note that 15% of all the Main Masters entry money (and of the optional side pool money in the Advanced) is paid out in the Abbey Cup. If you decide not to play in the Abbey Cup you are therefore effectively forfeiting 15% of your equity in the tournament. There are also separate, optional, Abbey Cup side pools in both Masters and Advanced.
See Prize Money, Added Prizes and Bonuses for details of prize money distribution.
Masters and Advanced Flights
The Masters and Advanced Flights of the 2017 UK Open will use the same double elimination system as last year, as also used in the Monte Carlo World Championships. A player losing at any stage in the ‘Undefeated’ bracket will have a second chance in the progressive ‘Fighters’ Bracket before being eliminated from the Main. This means that the final will be between the winner of the Undefeated bracket and the winner of the Fighters bracket, who will play an 11-point match. If the Undefeated finalist wins this match, he or she will be Masters Champion. Otherwise there will now be two players with a single 11-point match loss, and they will play one further deciding 5-point match.
There is no Consolation bracket at this event; more play will be available for those players who lose two matches in the Main on the Saturday. All players with two Main losses should confirm that they will be present on the Sunday so that they can be entered into the draw for the Abbey Cup. As previously stated, there will be two separate Abbey Cup draws: Masters and Advanced.
Clocks will be used in the Masters Flight (‘Clock Obligation’). Please bring your own clock if you have one as we may not have sufficient. A clock may be used by mutual agreement in any Advanced match (‘Clock Option’), or may be imposed if necessary by a Tournament Director to facilitate the smooth running of the tournament.
Please note that the Tournament Directors reserve the right to amend the format if deemed necessary.
Beginners and Social players may attend any informal Beginners Workshops during the weekend. The following Social Swiss tournaments may also be entered:
Separate tournaments on Saturday and on Sunday; entries close at 11.30am on both days.
2-Point matches, Swiss format, 5 rounds, no cube
The winner of each tournament will receive a special UKBGF doubling cube made by Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd (must be at least a Basic UKBGF member to be eligible).
A player who receives a prize on Saturday will not be eligible to win another prize on Sunday.
Provisional Match Lengths – Masters and Advanced
|Quarter and semi-finals||11 points|
|Final||11 points (plus 5pt decider if necessary)|
|Abbey Cup||5 points|
|Abbey Cup Final||7 points|
Provisional Match Lengths – Side Events
|Friday Warm Up||5 points|
|4-8 Player Jackpots (subject to demand)||5 points|
|Consultation Doubles||5 points|
|Super Jackpot||11 points|
Please note that, except for Beginners and Social players, registration closes at 10am on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Regardless of whether or not you have pre-registered, if you are a Masters or Advanced player you must have paid your registration fee, entry fee and any side pool money by this deadline or you will not be included in the tournament draw. If another player pays these fees on your behalf you must be present and ready to play by 11am to avoid penalty points. However if you cut things this fine you will miss the pre-tournament announcements, and the draw. Players are strongly recommended to arrive on the Friday and pay all fees then, to avoid any mishaps.
The tournament schedule is as follows. The Tournament Directors reserve the right to make changes to the program without notice as circumstances dictate. If possible, amendments or updates will be posted on the blog, and on the UKBGF Facebook page, so please follow these.
Friday 1 September 2017
|From 14.00||Registration - all flights|
|From 14.00||Satellites, Speedgammon heats and other Jackpots according to demand|
|From 14.00||Beginners workshops on an ad hoc basis|
|From 14.00||£5 entry 1-pointer, continuous entry, open draw (64 or 128)|
|From 14.00||£1 entry 1-pointer, continuous entry, open draw (64 or 128)|
|17.00||UKBGF Annual General Meeting - Harrington Room|
|18.00||Intermediate Level Seminar by BGWS - Harrington Room|
|20.15||Warm Up Tournament|
|20.15||Super Jackpot commences|
Saturday 2 September 2017
|09.00-10.00||Registration - Masters and Advanced flights (closes at 10am)|
|09.00-11.30||Registration - Social players and Beginners|
|10.30||Draw for Masters and Advanced|
|11.00||Masters and Advanced flights commence play|
|Midday||Saturday Swiss for Social Players and Beginners commences|
|19.00 -21.00*||Dinner Break *|
|21.00||Consultation Doubles, Super Jackpot continues|
Sunday 3 September 2017
|From 09.00||Beginners Workshops on an ad hoc basis|
|09.00-11.30||Registration - Social Players and Beginners|
|09.30-10.30||Seminar by Julian Fetterlein - "Newer Ideas in Backgammon"|
|10.45||British Backgammon Award Announcements and Presentations|
|11.00||Play resumes - Masters and Advanced|
|11.00||Abbey Cup - Masters and Advanced|
|Midday||Sunday Swiss for Social Players and Beginners commences|