The Online Charity Challenge is a new event for online players, open to everyone – not just UKBGF members! Enjoy playing top class opponents and raising funds for a couple of truly deserving causes. The more you support our charities, the more play you get! The winner will not only get a unique trophy, they will have the right to nominate a UK charity for the 2017 event.
Stop Press: We’re delighted that Backgammon Masters Awarding Body has added two prizes for our finalists – each will receive a voucher for a personalised lesson with one of BMAB’s Grandmasters or Masters. Perfect for improving your game!
Tournament director and sponsor: Julia Hayward
The main tournament draw is available here.
Registration is open to anyone. Games will be played on GridGammon, so you are advised to ensure you have an account and can run the software before registering – Julia can advise on getting a GridGammon account. 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, you will need to make a donation to one of our two chosen causes on MyDonate, specifying (at least) your GridGammon nickname.
Format and Schedule
The tournament will have two phases. In the first phase, players will be entered at random into 8-seat jackpots playing 7-point matches. The winner of each jackpot earns an entry into the second phase. The more you donate, the more jackpots you go into and the greater chance of progressing!
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The first jackpots will be drawn in late April or early May, depending how quickly people start signing up. (They will be drawn at random over a period of time – so you can’t avoid your nemesis by checking their donation date!) Entries will be accepted and new jackpots will be added as required until 1st July, after which we will stop taking donations and remaining spaces will be filled up. All jackpots must be completed by 31st July.
The second phase is a simple knockout of all qualifiers – 11 pointers up to the semi-finals and a 15-point final. Players who have won multiple jackpots in phase 1 will be awarded byes as appropriate.
The 2016 Charity Challenge will benefit:
- Cancer Research UK (nominated by Julia Hayward, TD)
Cancer touches everybody’s life at some point; it robs too many of us of family, friends and colleagues long before their time. In recent years we’ve made huge strides against this silent killer, and every pound raised tips the odds that bit further in our favour.
- Ashanti Development (nominated by Sean Williams, UKBGF Chair)
It’s very easy to forget that many people in the world still lack the basic essentials of life that we take for granted. Ashanti Development aims to provide remote villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities to help communities become self-supporting.
Get your favourite cause up here!
Do you have a favourite cause you’d like to help? The winner of the 2016 Challenge will earn the right to nominate one of the charities for 2017, and the tournament sponsor will nominate the other. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission in the UK and be non-party-political/non-religious to be eligible for nomination.
Games will be played on GridGammon, except by mutual agreement, with pip counts ON. You are expected to be reasonably understanding should disconnections occur mid-game. 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.
Online matches do not count towards the UKBGF Rankings.
Finalists will be required to inform the Tournament 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 second phase should players wish to have spectators present.
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 one occasion without good reason, or two separate occasions for any reason,
- deliberate in-game disconnection or other inappropriate behaviour
Gift Aid – sadly we are not able to reclaim Gift Aid on any donations, as under UK tax regulations they are strictly defined as “payment for services”.