UKBGF Online League
The UKBGF League and P-40 Knockout has started. It's really exciting because we have 342 players in the league and 337 in the Knockout. Both competitions are the biggest and most ambitious we have attempted and the league is the biggest of it's kind anywhere.
In addition to all the top British players, we have players joining us from all over the world. Headed by Michihito Kageyama, better know to us as world number two Michy, we also have players from across Europe, America, Asia, Middle East and even New Zealand.
We will be emailing players with the details of their division and opponents.
The P-40 Knockout also starts this weekend. The number of players taking part is so big that we had to split everyone into two 256 player draws. The first round has plenty of byes, and for players lucky enough to have one, you can start your second round as soon as you want. We have two fantastic boards, a custom P40 tournament board for for the winner and a Erhan 896 for the runner up. We will be emailing players with their first round opponent's details.
To allow these events to be as flexible and enjoyable for all players, we haven't specified which platform you should play on or which time setting to use, however, we have set up a room in Heroes that will be the default when players can't agree. It's in the External Tournaments | UKBGF League & Cup and is preset with 90 second per point and 10 seconds delay.
Register below to play in April
If you are already in the League or Knockout you do not need to register again.
The League and Knockout competitions are for UKBGF members only. Join the UKBGF and then register for the competitions to be included in the next quarter.
You need to maintain your membership whilst playing in these competitions. If your membership lapses you won't be able to enter results and won't be eligible to win prizes.
The quarters run as follows:
16th January to 25th March
1st April to 25th June
1st July to 25th September
1st October to 25th December
By joining the league you are committing yourself to play all your five opponents each quarter. We know that there may be times that it is not possible. If you are going through one of those exceptional situations, please let the people in your division know and also inform the TDs. If you don't, you could be relegated two divisions or even removed from the league.
If you drop out of the league at any time you may re-join in the future at the bottom of the league.
Each division contains six players. You will need to play one 11 point match against every other player in your division.
Any platform and clock speed can be decided between the players. However, if agreement can't be reached, the default position is to play in the dedicated UKBGF Online League room on Studio Heroes. which is preset to 90 seconds per point and 10 seconds delay. This is non-negotiable if one player insists.
The scoring is 3 points for a win and 1 point for a loss. The top two players will be promoted and bottom two relegated. However, as the league has a pyramid structure, divisions at the top of a tier will only have one promotion spot.
In the event of a tie on points, promotion and demotion tie breaks will be by score difference (GPD), then head to head score, then by players online rating at the start of the quarter. If there is still a tie it will be decided by a toss of a coin.
The winner is responsible for entering the result on the UKBGF website. Note, if requested by the TDs, a match file must be produced - failure to do so may mean the match being voided.
Online results will count towards your UKBGF online rating, even if you decide to play face to face.
If you have tried to arrange your match but are getting no response from your opponent, please contact the TDs no later than 2 weeks before the end of the quarter.
The knockout competition is free to all UKBGF members. For 2021 the first prize is a P-40 backgammon board and second prize is an Erhan 869 board.
Each round must be completed by the published deadline. If any match is not played, both players will be eliminated unless one player can prove that they have made reasonable efforts to arrange their match. In this instance it is accepted by all who enter that the TDs have total discretion in awarding the match if proven.
Note there will be instances when players forget their arranged matches. In the spirit of the League we expect both players to act reasonably and the player waiting to have made every effort to contact their opponent.
The tournament directors are Andrew Selby, David Potter and Tony Lezard.
By joining the League and or Knockout you agree that your contact details are shared with other players for the purpose of arranging matches.
When agreement can't be reached over playing platform and speed, the match will be played on Backgammon Heroes in the External Tournaments | UKBGF League & Cup room where the match is preset with 90 second per point and 10 seconds delay.
The tournament directors reserve the right to remove players from the league and knockout at their absolute discretion.
The tournament directors reserve the right to make changes to the format and rules if deemed necessary in the future.
Some selected matches from both League and Knockout will be streamed with commentary. We will let you know if you have been selected, and ask you for your cooperation with the scheduling.
Finally, these events are run by the members, for the members, and it is your responsibility to make it a pleasant experience for your opponent. We will not tolerate rudeness. If in doubt, please read the UKBGF Code of Conduct.
New signups for April 2021
350 Signed up
Ching Ho Li
Chris J Rogers
Danny De Meester
David James Collins
David Sanders (Worcester)
James T Slomkoski
Makan Mohammadi Ostadkalayeh
Mehmet Adil Ayhan
Michele De Havilland
Mike Williams (Warwick)
Simon K Jones