The Handicap Trophy
N.B: The 2020 Handicap Trophy was suspended due to the pandemic as the format did not translate easily to online play. It will return when face-to-face play can safely resume.
The Handicap Trophy is sponsored by Ed Turner, pictured left. Ed provided the funding for the trophy itself (first awarded in 2005), and has also provided for the engraved mementoes awarded to the top two finishers in the points table each year.
In 2014 Ed also increased his outlay to provide cash prizes for the top two (£20 and £10).
And in 2015 he upped the ante once more with a total of £80 in cash prizes (£30, £20 and £10 for the top three, plus £20 for the player with the best record while entering the furthest progression side pool).
The latter £20 prize will be decided via the same points system as the main prize, once again with the best six performances totted up.
In 2004, on May 20th and November 18th, what amounted to two pilot events were staged, the first two Handicap Knock-outs. These had been inspired by previous events held under the auspices of DPS Backgammon.
From 2005 these events formed the basis of the Handicap Trophy, with four Handicap Knock-outs being held that year.
These were linked into the existing BGP and IGP competitions in 2005, using a reduced points tariff and a more comprehensive handicapping system, which was further enhanced for use from 2006 onwards.
From 2006, however, as a reflection of the success of the events, the link to the grand prix competitions was severed, as the Handicap Trophy established itself as a worthy competition in its own right.
The dates chosen for the tournaments have traditionally reflected (as far as possible) a desire to open up competition amongst junior players, with school holidays a major consideration.
Current Handicap Trophy positions
Current player handicaps
Handicap Knock-out history
Handicap Trophy rules
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