After two successful years, seeing Alex Polden in 2018 and then Anna Price in 2019 reach the frothy heights of Supreme Champion, the Harris + Hoole Cup returns with a bold new flavour in 2020, overseen once again by Backgammon in Ealing (BGiE).
This year players will get a double shot (two losses and you’re out), in a knockout and progressive consolation format played between March and November. Matches are arranged between you and your opponent, wherever you wish across London; a pub, a club, a park, even a coffee shop! You have two months to complete each round in the main knockout, tightening up to a match per month if you drop into the consolation. Living London-local is a must.
Matches will be played to 13 points both in the main flight, and for those who have percolated down to the consolation bracket. The exception will be the main final which will be to 25 points. If you are not familiar with the progressive consolation format take a look at the UKBGF’s introduction to tournaments. The only difference here compared to a regular weekend tournament is that we have time on our side, hence the long match lengths in the consolation. We see it as the more backgammon, the better. Players will filter down to a finals day in London on 28 November where the final of the main will be completed along with the semi and final of the consolation.
This year entry is £30, 100% returned as prizes: 1st place in the main (50%), 2nd (20%), then 1st place in the consolation (20%), 2nd (10%). Additionally, there are optional side pools of £10 and/or £20 in the main, and £10 in the consolation. If you are unfamiliar with side pools then see the aforementioned introduction to tournaments. I will provide further details when you register. The tournament is clock option, with the exception of finals day which is clock obligation. All matches are UKBGF rated and UKBGF rules will apply.
We are limiting the tournament to 32 players only this year, so please register espresso, by emailing John McNeill [firstname.lastname@example.org]