The UKBGF Tour consists of a series of the most prestigious events around the UK. They are a mixture of single- and double-elimination tournaments as well as two-stage Swiss/knockout events. Each event awards points to UKBGF members that accumulate over the course of the year, rewarding consistently good performance. The scoring has been designed to reflect the difficulty of winning each event, and not penalise anyone for receiving (or not receiving) byes. Our ultimate Tour winner will not be able to sit back on an early lead gained by a couple of big wins; on the other hand, simply attending every event will also not be enough…
Event scoring: One-stage events
The basic points awarded for each position are listed below:
|Single Elimination||Double Elimination||Points|
|Runner Up||Runner Up||280|
|3rd (loser of Fighters final)||220|
|Last 8||Last 8||100|
|Last 16||Last 16||64|
|Last 32||Last 32||40|
|Last 64||Last 64||20|
|Last 128||Last 128||10|
|Last 256||Last 256||5|
These are then multiplied by (number of competitors, up to a maximum of 64)/32 to get the final score for that event.
For example, being runner-up in a 40-player single-elimination tournament scores (280 * 40 / 32) = 350 points.
The numbers in double-eliminations may seem unfamiliar – but these correspond to the various rounds in the Fighters where players are eliminated; each round you win in the Main means you drop into the Fighters two rounds later when you eventually lose for the first time. “World Cup” style tournaments, with a group stage followed by a knockout for group leaders, will score the same as a single elimination for those who reach the knockout stage; points for those going out in the groups will depend on the number and size of groups and will be announced when we know the eventual event structure.
Event scoring: One stage single-elimination with progressive consolation
In Brighton, there is a progressive consolation following on from the main single-elimination tournament. This qualifies for points at one round prior to the equivalent in the main tournament, so the consolation winner scores the same as the main losing finalist. (Note: in 2018 this will change to two rounds prior, so consolations become less valuable – as most events have a first stage Swiss now, it’s possible to be in the consolation with five defeats) In this case you score the greater of your scores in the main and consolation.
Event scoring: Two-stage events
Some events involve two stages – for example, in Blackpool the format is a 5-round Swiss on the first day and a top-16 knockout on the second. This style of tournament is increasingly popular as it does guarantee a given number of games for every participant. Scoring will follow the pattern above for the second stage, including any consolation, and those who fail to survive the first stage will be treated as though they had been knocked out in a qualifying “round”. Taking Blackpool as an example:
- the top 16 go through to the knockout (2 with five wins, 10 with four wins, 4 out of 20 with three wins) – they are scored as above.
- the remaining 16 players on three wins from the Swiss are eliminated in a playoff – these are scored as if they lost in a simple round of 32.
- the 32 players with less than three wins are scored as if they lost in a simple round of 64.
Your final score for the Tour is simply the total of your best event scores from five of the events on the Tour. Of course you can compete as many times as you like; if you played more than 5 your worst scores would be dropped, and if you played less than 5 then you would get zero for the “missing” ones.
Intermediate / Advanced divisions
Amended April 2019 and effective immediately: There is a separate Intermediate Tour – scored exactly the same as the main Tour, but participants will need to be eligible for Intermediate flight entry and play a minimum of two tour events, including at least one of the five Intermediate tour events (London, UK Open, Brighton, Bristol, Worcester).
(The previously published eligibility rule for the Intermediate Tour required qualifiers to have entered at least two of the four Intermediate events which were originally announced, but this has been relaxed in order not to present a geographical disadvantage to players in some regions of the UK.)
What doesn’t count
Points are awarded for the main tournament at each event. They are not awarded for side events such as jackpots, SpeedGammon or minor consolations. They are also not awarded for Beginners.
Points are awarded to all participants in the Main tournament who are UKBGF members at the close of registration. Points will not be awarded restrospectively to participants who subsequently join, or renew a lapsed membership.
Notes – changes since 2016
In 2016 the rules were as above, except that:
- there were 8 events and your top 4 scores counted
- consolations in single-eliminations, and Intermediates didn’t count
- there was no cap on the attendance factor