***Main flight registrations will be increased by £5 for last minute entries during the event (after 1st August 2019)

Players may enter as many of the side pools as they wish, Payout only for side pool entered 70% / 30% furthest progression in main flight or qualifiers in final knockouts only.

Payout for Masters/Intermediate 5 places.

Payout for all other events 70% / 30%

Additional Prize money / prizes to be announced dependent on Sponsorship

Backgammon Tournament Format

The Tournament is to be over 4 days from 15th – 18th August 2019 @ The Grosvenor Casino, Brighton.

There will be a number of different parts of the tournament held over the 4 days using a number of different formats. The main events will be over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and split into 3 different levels to encourage participation for everyone who wants to play.

The rules of the tournament will be as per UKBGF rules of play and etiquette with the one exception:

Baffle boxes may be used by one or both players. Where a player does not wish to use a baffle box he/she will roll dice using cup as standard. Baffle box use does not require use of a cup, dice can be dropped directly into baffle box. TD may impose use of baffle box if a problem exists.

Main categories.


Anyone can enter this level primarily aimed at the top UK and international players.

  • Matches will be played to 11 points in main rounds
  • Fighters rounds will be played to 7 points
  • Final will be played to 15 points with a second chance final of 9 points if required.

(Clock allowance 2 mins/point + 12 sec delay)

The format will be a double elimination with a main straight knockout down to last undefeated.  The undefeated player will get a 10% Bonus from the prize fund.

Losers in the main rounds will enter a progressive fighter’s knockout to one qualifier.

Undefeated will have to be beaten twice by fighter in two finals if necessary.

5 places payout – 1st40%, 2nd 20%, 3rd 10%, 4th 7%, 5th 5%  (excluding bonus)

There will be additional side pools available the winners of each will be the players who progresses furthest in the tournament 70% / 30%.

There will be a limited Consolation only for those knocked out completely in the first 6 rounds of the fighters brackets. 8% of prize pool will be split 70%/30% to finalists. Additional side pools will be available.


This level of entry is aimed at Intermediate players only.
The format of this category will be the same as for the Masters.

  • Matches will be played to 11 points in main rounds
  • Fighters rounds will be played to 7 points
  • Final will be played to 13 points with a second chance final of 9 points if required.

(Clock allowance 2 mins/point + 12 sec delay)


This level of entry is aimed at those that have limited experience in playing.
This category will be played without the doubling cube.
Matches will be played in “Round Robin” format. Matches will be played to 5 points.
Winner takes all.

Additional Side Events.

Over the 4 days of the tournament there will be a number of additional side events. These are open to everyone and therefore beginners could end up playing the best players in the world (if they turn up).


There will be a number of 4 / 8 player qualifiers for main events.

These will be available on demand for those that have already entered the Masters, Advanced and Intermediate categories. The straight knockout will win back the Entry fee and Registration already paid.

There will also be online qualifiers commencing in March 2019 to be played on Backgammon Studio and Gridgammon.


There will be a number of 8 player straight knockout Jackpots.

These Jackpots will be available throughout the weekend on demand and will be £10, £20, £50, £100 and £250 and will commence as soon as each is filled. There is no limit to the number of Jackpots entered but will only be able to enter one at a time to ensure that players are not kept waiting.

Jackpots will pay out 87.5% to the winner.


Drawn in 8’s (multiple re-buy entries available). Entry £30 / £10 Registration

Speedgammon will be played (on clock obviously) to 5 points as a straight knockout. (Clock allowance 2 mins + 10 sec delay)

Players may enter the Speedgammon event as many times as they like during the first round. Draw positions will be determined by rolling of 8 sided dice.

Groups of 8’s will be played to a qualifier, who will receive 25%, Finalist will win back 12.5% and 62.5% balance will go to final combined knockout of all groups.  Overall winner and finalist will share prize pot 70%/30% split.


Drawn in 8’s (multiple re-buys available). Entry £15 / Registration £5

Flashgammon is the same as Speedgammon other than the available clock time. (Clock allowance 1 mins + 7 sec delay)

Details as for Speedgammon


Played as a straight knockout commencing on the Friday and completed over the weekend.

All matches will be played to 5 points.

Prize money 70% / 30% split.

There will be a special prize of a backgammon board for the furthest progression by a UKBGF member only (addition entry pool £5).

Super Jackpot

The super Jackpot is for the high rollers and will be played at the same time as the Warm-up.

(Clock allowance 2 mins/point + 12 sec delay)

Matches will be played to 11 points in a straight knockout with the winner and finalist sharing the prize money 70%/30% split.


Consulting Doubles straight knockout (Clock allowance 3 mins/point + 15 sec delay)

Played over 5 / 7 point matches, two players per team are able to discuss moves and cube decisions. A single player is allowed to enter the doubles as some players prefer the challenge.

Only one player from each pair should roll the dice and touch the checkers, during each game usually swapping positions each game if loss, although this is not mandatory.

Winners and Finalists will share prize pot 70%/30% split.


Sunday straight knockout open to everyone remaining who is not tied up playing in other events.

Played to 5 / 7 points, random draw

Winner and finalist sharing the prize pot 70% / 30% split.

DMP 64 Knockout Freeroll

1 point knockout free entry (£5 re-buys proceeds to charity)

All money to charity (There will be a backgammon board prize for the winner)

Monarch of the Hill

Usually called “The King of the Hill”, as its Brighton we want it to be gender neutral, we are all human after all. (1 point matches)

Stay on the hill after beating the current Monarch, 50% of entry back per win, 50% into pot, Stay on the hill for 3 wins in a row and win the pot. Any pot remaining at end of tournament will go to charity.

Tim Parfitt will start off as King and if he continues to win it will all go to charity  🙂

There will be other events during the 4 days of the tournament subject to interest including but not limited to:

Texas Hold’Em Poker.

A Texas Hold’Em Poker event will be planned for late Saturday evening open to those not playing in backgammon matches and subject to interest. Maybe limited to numbers (£50 buy in TBC).

Limited Re-buys may be available to a cut off point.


This will no doubt pop up all over the venue, some will be closed to cliques, but if you are interested in taking part we will get some lists up to group people together.  Hopefully from £1 per point to get everyone involved, these will not be part of the tournament and will be self organised. Players in tournaments will be expected to play matches not Chouette.

Please note that all tournament events will be played to UKBGF / WBGF rules and any disputes will be adjudicated by the directors or selected tournament committee.  Penalty points will be imposed at the discretion of director where applicable for players not turning up for matches as scheduled. Does not apply to Round Robin groups, if a player does not complete all matches those not completed will be scored a 1-0 win.

All details subject to change at time of tournament including match lengths and clock times.