London Open 2024

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May

Two days of fantastic backgammon
Masters and Intermediates competitions

96 Player Masters - 64 Player Intermediates

The Masters competition has been extended from 64 to a maximum of 96 players.  The Intermediates remain with 64.

The Masters format is slightly different from before. There will still be a Saturday double elimination qualifier for a Sunday Main.  Players not making it to the main will be in the Masters Consolation.

The Intermediates will have there own double elimination qualifier for the Sunday 16 player Main. The 48 players not making it to the main will play in the Intermediates Consolation.  There will also be a Last Chance and Lucky Loser for the Intermediates.

Bespoke trophies sponsored by Alexander Meynell.

The London Open is on the UKBGF Tour Winners Invitational. Please see the UKBGF for details.

The Masters and Intermediates are UKBGF Tour events.  Main event matches are UKBGF rated.  Matches can also be submitted to BMAB.

Registration for everyone is £45 UKBGF Members, £50 Non members.

All side pools are paid 100%.

This is a UKBGF Tour Event for the Masters and Intermediates.  You must be a UKBGF member at the start of the weekend to qualify. We also give a £5 discount to UKBGF members to most Backgammon London events including the London Open.

Masters Draw Sheets    |     Intermediates Draw Sheet

Masters

Format:

96 players
Saturday Qualification
9 pt Undefeated, 9 pt  Fighters, 5 pt Lucky Losers

Sunday
Main - 9 pt Undefeated, 7 pt Fighters
Consolation - 7 pt
Last Chance - 5 pt
Lucky Losers - 5 pt

Clock mandatory set 90/12 sec.

Prize pools: £20, £50 & £100. You must enter at lease one side pool.  100% return to Main 

Consolation Side Pools: £10, £20 & £50

Last Chance Side Pools: £10 & £20

Masters Bracket

Intermediates

Format:

64 players
Saturday Qualification
9 pt Undefeated, 7 pt  Fighters, 5 pt Lucky Losers

Sunday
Main - 9 pt Undefeated, 7 pt Fighters
Consolation - 9 pt
Last Chance - 7 pt
Lucky Losers - 5 pt

Clock mandatory set 90/12 sec.

Prize pools: £10, £20 & £50. You must enter at lease one side pool.  100% return to Main 

Consolation Side Pools: £10, £20 & £50

Last Chance Side Pools: £10 & £20

Players on this list will not be able to play in the Intermediates.

Intermediates Bracket

Important Information and Rules

The TD's reserve the right to change any format if required for the smooth running of the tournament.

If you are more than 15 minutes late for your match you will forfeit it.

All matches are clock mandatory. If clocks are not available you may use a timer app.

There will be a mandatory lunch break each day.

The standard rules as set out in the UKBGF Rules and Code of Conduct will apply in this event. A copy of these will be available for inspection at the event.  The TDs may be called to make rulings during play.  Players can appeal their decisions; these will go to a ruling committee comprising of three respected backgammon players at the event.

There will be some boards available at the venue, but we advise you bring your own board where possible.  The use of baffle boxes is optional.

If there is any problem or dispute, you must report it to the TD as soon as it is noticed.  There will be a ruling committee (RC) made up from players at the event.  You may appeal the decision of the TD to the RC who's decision is final.

If you wish to record and submit your matches to BMAB you must inform a TD before the tournament starts.  If your opponent is recording their match you cannot object. Private recordings must not be shared online without the permission of the opponent. Transcriptions should be shared with opponents if requested.

Some selected matches like the final of the undefeated, fighters and Main will be live streamed by us likely with commentary.

Taking photos of the board is permitted but the clock must not be paused whilst doing so.

Dice landing on checkers are permitted provided they are not cocked.

The TD's reserve the right to change any aspect of the format to enable the smooth running of the tournament.

Your entry is not confirmed until you have paid your registration fee.  Only the first 96/64 players who pay in each flight will be confirmed.  Everyone else will go on a waiting list in case any players drop out.

The London Open is run by Backgammon London and the Tournament directors are Andrew Selby and David Potter.