Next tournament is on January 14, 2018

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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!


Announcements

  • December 2017- New Venue! Bangkok Bistro at Ballston at 715 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, adjacent to the Ballston Commons Mall and convenient to the Ballston/MU Metro shop on the Orange and Silver MetroRail lines and the Ballston Mall parking garage.

  • Congratulations to Ed O'Laughlin, 2016 American Backgammon Tour Player of the Year!!

  • Club Director Larry Brown has a collection of Backgammon bookes and materials that have been donated from various individuals.

  • $35, in cash, is now due at registration- the $20 tournament entry fee which will be paid out in prize money, and you will receive a $15 credit that can be applied to your restaurant tab at Bangkok Bistro. The $15 credit is good for the day of the tournament only.

  • Clocks allowed by either player.

  • Next tournament is on Sunday, January 14, 2018, starting at 12:30 pm. Registration closes at 12:15 pm.

  • NEVER assume a tournament is going to be held unless 'tentative' has been removed from the listed date.

  • Congratulations to Barry Silliman, our 2016 club Player of the Year!

  • If you would like to receive an e-mail reminder a few days before each tournament, , including your name and e-mail address and he will put you on the list.

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 registration fee is $35 with 100% payout of the $20 tournament entry fee and a $15 voucher than can be applied, on the day of the tournament only, to your restaurant tab at our hosts at Bangkok Bistro. In addition, there is an optional $20 side pool. The side pool provides 100% payout, according to the following rules:

  • For fields of 9 or more, the side pool goes to the side pool participant 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 in a field of 9 or more is in the side pool, then the side pool goes to the side pool participant who advances furthest in the consolation bracket.
  • For fields of 7 or 8, if the main bracket winner is in the side pool, he or she receives the side pool. Otherwise, the side pool is awarded to the side pool participant who advances furthest in the consolation bracket.
  • For fields of 6 or less, the no-loss (7 pt. match) bracket and the one-loss (5 pt. match) bracket are considered a single bracket for purposes of the side pool, so the side pool is awarded to the side pool participant who advances furthest.

  • 2017 point race standings

  • 2017 tournament results

  • First round starts promptly at 12:30. Depending on the bracket format, which is dependent on the number of players, if the bracket is not full then latecomers may be able to enter, although with penalty points as per our late policy. And there is no guarantee, so please arrive in time.

Club Information

Who

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.

What

All tournaments are an elimination-format. Tournament registration fee is $35 which includes the $20 tournament entry fee and you will receive a $15 credit that can be applied, on the day of the tournament only, to your restaurant tab at our hosts at Bangkok Bistro. 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).

When

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.

Where

Our new (as of December 2017) venue is Bangkok Bistro at Ballston at 715 N. Glebe Road, Arlinton, VA.

Registration starts at noon, CLOSES at 12:15 and we begin play at 12:30.


Contacting Us

Larry Brown is the club director. 

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