Speedgammon Grand Prix

Rules for 2018

The eight 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.
And (from 2018) there will be side pools at 10 and 20, each with tie-breaks as follows:
(1) furthest progression in the knock-out phase; (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.

Unless there is only one group, 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:
Except for a single group tournament, all group winners progress to the knock-out phase.

PHASE TWO: KNOCK-OUT

Seedings will be required in 3-, 5-, 6- and 7-player knock-outs to decide which players receive 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 playersQuarter-
final win
Semi-
final win
Final
win
2n/an/a15
3-4n/a1525
5-8152535

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 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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