Speedgammon Grand Prix

Rules for 2020

Individual online tournaments from July to December

N.B: These tournaments are not part of the Speedgammon Grand Prix, which has now been suspended for 2020.

Entry is 10 for all tournaments.
And there will be optional side pools at 10 and 20, each with tie-breaks as follows:
Furthest progression in the main flight knock-out, where ties are separated when byes have been awarded;
From each event approximately 10% will be levied from the entry fees to cover Bristol Backgammon admin expenses.
The remainder of the entry fee money goes on prizes for the individual flights as follows:

The draw for the opening flight will be conducted a s a p after 7pm, but at the latest at 7.15pm.
Draws for the second and third flights will be conducted at 8.15pm and 9.15pm respectively, and all players not still involved in previous flights will be eligible, regardless of numbers of matches played.
If there are fewer than four players eligible for a flight the draw may be delayed to accommodate up to four players.
All matches are played to five points, and the time allowances are two minutes per player per match, with seven 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.

For general terms and conditions of entry to Bristol Backgammon knock-out tournaments, click here.



(Post-lockdown, online, June tournament only)

The nine evenings dedicated to the Speedgammon Grand Prix (SGGP) are open to all players. (The first two were face-to-face pre-lockdown).

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.
And, as instigated in 2018, there will be optional side pools at 10 and 20, each with tie-breaks as follows:
either (1, where there is a single overall group of entrants) furthest progression in the main flight knock-out, where ties are separated when byes have been awarded;
or (2, where the field is split into two groups) furthest progression pools in the main knock-out flight of each group, where ties are separated when byes have been awarded.
The side pools will have no bearing on the SGGP table.
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, including small cash prizes for each subordinate flight winner.

Each tournament will necessarily have an even number of entrants. The TD will play if there is otherwise an odd number of players.
Where the number of entrants is either 20 or fewer, or 24, the tournament will comprise a single group. Otherwise the field will be randomly split into two groups.
Where there are two groups, the group winners will play off for the main cash prizes.
Each group will consist of a number of knock-out flights.
If there are only four entrants there will be three short four-player knock-outs, each with a separate winners prize.
If there are six or eight entrants there will be two two-flight mini-tournaments, each with a winner and runner-up prize, while consolation flight winners also receive small prizes.
Otherwise, all groups will consist of multiple flights of knock-out, where the main flight winners take the main cash prizes, while subordinate flight winners also receive small prizes.
All matches are played to five points, and the time allowances are two minutes per player per match, with seven 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.

THE S G G P ONLINE SCORING SYSTEM

All players receive 10 points for entering plus further points for each match won, as follows:
No. of players
in a group
Main flightSubordinate flights with
more than 8 players
Subordinate flights with
no more than 8 players
Win in all
rounds prior
to the semi-
final
Semi-final
win
final winWin in all
rounds prior
to the semi-
final
Semi-final
win
final winWin in all
rounds prior
to the semi-
final
Semi-final winfinal win
4n/a1015n/a
6 or 8101015n/a510
10 or more1015257121751015
Where there are two groups, the winner of the play-off between group winners will receive 35 points.

Each player's six 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 knock-out tournaments, click here.



(Prior to the lockdown)

The eight evenings dedicated to the Speedgammon Grand Prix (SGGP) were 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.
And, as instigated in 2018, there will be optional side pools at 10 and 20, each with tie-breaks as follows:
(1) furthest progression in the knock-out phase, where ties are separated when byes have been awarded; (2) highest percentage of wins in the group phase; and (3) best points difference in the group phase.
The side pools will have no bearing on the SGGP table.
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, including 10 for each group winner.

Each tournament will consist of two phases -- a group phase, followed by a knock-out phase.
In both phases 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.

PHASE ONE: GROUPS

In the group phase, there will be one or more round robin groups ideally containing four or five players as follows:
Group Splits
No. of
players
No. of
groups
Composition
of groups
414
515
616*
717*
824, 4
925, 4
1025, 5
1126*, 5
1234, 4, 4
1335, 4, 4
1435, 5, 4
1535, 5, 5
1644, 4, 4, 4
1745, 4, 4, 4
1845, 5, 4, 4
1945, 5, 5, 4
2045, 5, 5, 5
2155, 4, 4, 4, 4
2255, 5, 4, 4, 4
2355, 5, 5, 4, 4
2455, 5, 5, 5, 4
2555, 5, 5, 5, 5
2665, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4
2765, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4
2865, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4
2965, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4
3065, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
3175, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4
3284, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
3385, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
3485, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
3585, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
3685, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4
3785, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4
3885, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4
3985, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4
4085, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
* TD ideally to opt out of playing in order to avoid time constraints

Finishing order in the groups is determined by the following tie-breaks:
All players finishing in the top half of a group (including the player finishing in the "middle" position of an odd-numbered group) progress to the knock-out phase.

PHASE TWO: KNOCK-OUT

Seedings will be required to determine any first round byes.
These will be allocated to those with the best group performances.

THE S G G P SCORING SYSTEM

In Phase One players will receive 10 points for entering plus 15 further points for every match won.
In Phase Two, wins will be rewarded as follows:
No. of playersWin in all
rounds prior
to the Semi-
final
Semi-
final win
Final
win
2n/an/a15
3-4n/a1525
more than 4152535

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 and for Bristol Backgammon knock-out tournaments, click here.

Historical rule changes

Prior to 2018 there was no knock-out phase.
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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