Next tournament - December 8, 2013
The Beltway Backgammon Club welcomes players of all levels to our tournaments in Northern Virginia. Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in-between, you'll find good competition and a fun atmosphere. Come join us!
Registration for all tournaments begins at noon, closes at 12:15 pm and play begins at 12:30 pm. Tournaments are usually held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, although there may be exceptions, so always be sure to check the schedule. Tournaments use an elimination format that is either true double-elimination or single elimination with consolation bracket, depending on the number of players. Tournament entry fee is $20 with 100% payout. In addition, there is an optional $20 side pool. The side pool provides 100% payout, according to the following rules:
Anyone is welcome to play at a club tournament. There are no club membership dues to pay. Simply pay the entry fee (and optionally, the side pool fee) when you play. Whether you play at every single tournament, or once a month, or once a year, or even just once a decade, you are welcome!
Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. We have just one bracket, and there are strong players at the club. If you are relatively new to the game, do not be afraid to try your luck at a tournament. There's enough luck in the game that you can still win! And, more importantly, most of our experienced players are interested in helping new players to increase their skill level. All players are guaranteed two matches, so the $20 entry fee can be thought of by the novice or intermediate player as a relatively inexpensive lesson.
All tournaments are an elimination-format. Tournament entry fee is $20. 100% of entry fees are paid out. In addition, there is an optional $20 side pool with 100% payout (split as necessary) to the side-pool participant(s) who advances furthest in the main bracket, provided he or she advances at least to the main bracket final match. If neither of the main bracket finalists are in the side pool, the side pool is paid to the side pool participant who advances furthest in the consolation bracket..
Our tournaments use the Tournament Backgammon Rules and Standards Guide, written by Phil Simborg, Chuck Bower and Jeb Horton, published November 2012 with the exception of "Section 6.5 Appeals" regarding appeals- it is just not practical at a small local tournament to convene an appeals committee. (It is an extremely rare occurence at the club when a dispute requiring a director's ruling is not resolved quickly and amicably).
We usually meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month, but there are exceptions, so check the schedule. All tournaments begin at 12:30. Tournaments are usually over between 5:00 and 6:00.
We have a great new venue as of November 24, at Neighbor's Restaurant at 262-D Cedar Lane, Vienna, VA! A warm and hospitable owner, friendly and attentive staff, good food and drink reasonably priced- we are very fortunate and excited to be at this venue!
Registration starts at noon, CLOSES at 12:15 and we begin play at 12:30.
Barry Silliman is the club director. or send postal mail to him at P.O. Box 612, Walkersville, MD 21793.
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This page last updated November 27, 2013.