For 2018 we are reprising our online tournament for our Members. Beginning on 15th March, it will feature plenty of play at a reasonable leisurely pace, so you can fit games in to your schedule. It’s free to enter and up for grabs is a unique trophy and the kudos of the title of Online Champion…
Tournament director: Julia Hayward
The tournament standings are available at
- Groups: http://challonge.com/UKBGFOnlineChamps2018
- Main: http://challonge.com/UKBGFOnlineChamps2018Main
- Consolation: http://challonge.com/UKBGFOnlineChamps2018Cons
You do not need a Challonge account to play or check the results, but having one does enable some nice features in the Challonge site.
Registration is open to anyone who is a UKBGF member at the close of registration, which will be midnight on 14th March 2018. Draws will be sent out by email including contact details for other players, and the draw will also be available to view on Challonge. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, and your login(s) on your preferred servers.
Format and Schedule
In the first phase, we expect that players will take part in round-robins of 7-8 players, playing 11 point matches. You’ll have until the end of May to play these matches. The top 3 from each round-robin, plus enough best-losers to make an even draw between the groups, progress to the championship division of the second phase, which is a simple knockout, the deadlines for each round being at two-week intervals. The final will be announced here and spectators will be welcome! Everyone who doesn’t qualify for the championship division will go into a consolation knockout. Both knockouts will be seeded according to your position in your group, so every match is worth something!
The precise details of the format may be adjusted depending on numbers taking part – any changes will be notified to participants before the start.
Games will by default be played at GridGammon. We do understand that accounts may take a while to set up so if you don’t already have a GridGammon account, please apply as soon as possible. If you can’t get your account set up in time then you may play matches on other servers in the meantime with your opponents’ agreement, provided they are free to play on, preserve games in the event of disconnection, and do not require specialist equipment (FIBS and SafeharbourGames are recommended) You are expected to be reasonably understanding should disconnections occur mid-game.
Where servers allow players to choose between rated and unrated matches, tournament matches will be ratings-optional – that is, you are free to play rated (and we expect most will) but a player who wishes to play unrated takes precedence. To my knowledge, only GridGammon supports this option.
Online matches do not count towards the UKBGF Rankings.
Tie-breaks: Where players finish the group stage with equal numbers of wins, tie-breaks will be applied in order as follows:
- Head-to-head results within the tied players,
- Total scores of the other players who each individual has defeated
- Fewest forfeits received
- A 1-point tie-break match.
Finalists will be required to inform the Director of the agreed date, time and location of the final game in good time so that prospective spectators can be informed. The final game must allow spectators to watch. We will be happy to announce other games in the knockout phase should players wish.
Forfeits will only be awarded as a last resort, at the TD’s sole discretion and generally only if evidence of one of the following can be provided:
- lack of response to emails,
- failure to appear on two separate occasions,
- deliberate in-game disconnection or other inappropriate behaviour
Hall of Fame
The current Online Champion is Jacek Wojciechowski.
- 2016 (first event, 72 entries): Winner Jacek Wojciechowski, Finalist Leo Waters
- 2017 (90 entries): Winner Neil Webb, Finalist Nick Baker; Consolation Winner Leo Waters, Consolation Finalist David Dennis