Welcome Back Series, 2021


The six tournaments which make up the Welcome Back Series are open to all players.

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

Entry is just 10 for all tournaments. A sponsor has added 75 to the prize pot for each tournament.

In each tournament there will be two flights of straight knock-out, with all matches in the main flight being played to 7 points, while all matches in the consolation flight will be played to 5 points.

Players eliminated in their first match of the main flight will be entered into the consolation flight.

Should there be between four and six entrants, however, the format will change, with a round robin. All matches here will be to 7 points (if there are 4 players), or 5 points (if there are 5 or 6 players). Should the round robin finish with leaders having won the same number of matches, then each player's total points difference in the round robin will be the first level of tie-break. Should that fail to separate the players, then the results -- but not the scores -- of meetings of those players will decide; failing that, a short play-off will be ordered.

NOTE: All the above events have associated with them optional side pools, which have no bearing whatsoever on the WBS table.

The WBS scoring system

for knock-outs
Win before

N.B: In the event of an odd number of entries to the main flight, it is possible that one player may gain entry to the consolation flight after losing their second match of the main flight. In which case that player would only benefit by his/her higher scoring flight.
for round robins
5- or 6-player
round robin
match win
round robin
match win
Round robin
win bonus

Each player's best four tournament points performances will count towards his/her final total, thus anyone entering more than four tournaments will discard his/her lowest points scores.
In the event of a tie on total points, there will be four levels of tie-break: (1) fewest tournaments entered during the WBS season; (2) highest percentage of wins in all WBS matches during the year; (3) results of matches, if any, between those players finishing equal; and (4) a play-off where necessary to determine prize winners.

The rewards

The players finishing in the top three WBS positions at the end of the year will receive cash prizes of 100 (Winner), 50 (Runner-up) and 25 (third place).
Also the top three "Tier 2" players* will win identical cash prizes.
* The definition of Tier 2 is those players either (a) not in either Premier One or Premier Two; or (b) not having a Bristol Backgammon handicap rating of either 0 or 1 as at September 9th, 2021.

For general terms and conditions of entry to Bristol Backgammon tournaments, click here for knock-outs or here for round robins.

Current WBS standings and results
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