Speedgammon Grand Prix

Rules for 2017

The seven evenings dedicated to the Speedgammon Grand Prix (SGGP) are open to all players.

All the events are individual competitions in their own right. However, over the year, points will be accrued by all entrants based on their achievements in whichever of these events they enter.

Entry is 10 for all tournaments.
From each event approximately 5% will be levied from the entry fees to cover the provision of year end prizes, and a further 5% will be charged by Bristol Backgammon for admin expenses. The remainder of the entry fee money goes on prizes for the individual tournaments.

In each tournament there will be one or more round robin groups ideally containing five or six players, occasionally seven, but with a four player group unavoidable only when four or nine players are present. Eight contestants, forming a single group, would be the only other exception.
Group Splits
No. of
No. of
of groups
925, 4
1025, 5
1126, 5
1226, 6
1327, 6
1427, 7
1535, 5, 5
1636, 5, 5
1736, 6, 5
1836, 6, 6
1937, 6, 6
20 or
Groups of
5 or 6

All matches are played to five points, and the time allowances are two minutes per player per match, with ten seconds delay for each move or doubling decision before that two minutes time bank is eroded. If you run out of time, you have lost the match.
All matches will be played with a clock. If there are insufficient clocks available to cover all matches, it will be necessary to wait until one becomes available.

The SGGP scoring system

For each round robin group contested players will receive 10 points for entering plus 15 further points for every match won.
Each player's five best tournament points performances will count towards his/her final total, with any others contested discarded.
In the event of a tie on total points, there will be four levels of tie-break: (1) fewest tournaments entered during the SGGP season; (2) highest percentage of matches won over the SGGP season; (3) results (but not scores) of meetings of tied players during the SGGP season; and (4, where there are discards to be compared) the best performance in a discarded event. Should these criteria fail to separate players, they will be deemed to have finished equal.
For prize purposes, if two or more players still need separating, either a single speedgammon match or a series of speedgammon matches will be arranged to determine finishing positions.

The rewards

The two players finishing first and second in the SGGP table will receive engraved mementoes. If enough money remains, there could be small cash prizes.

For general terms and conditions of entry to Bristol Backgammon round robin tournaments, click here.

Historical rule changes

Prior to 2017 there were six events per year with a player's best four counting.

Current Speedgammon GP standings and results
Results of past Speedgammon GP tournaments
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