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New tournament format

Posted By: Bob Koca
Date: Friday, 7 June 2013, at 4:09 a.m.

In Response To: New tournament format (Mochy)

This format could work well for a bunch of players who just want to get together and play a bunch. But in that situation just playing each other a match or money games for low stakes and rotating opponents seems to meet the same goals with even less TD work. For an actual tournament I have several questions.

"Can Backgammon be more challenging?"

What is the relevance of the format to that question?

"Is there a point using clocks in backgammon tournaments?"

Yes. Several.

"Why tournament directors are pushing players to play rounds after rounds?"

I am not sure what is meant by "pushing" here.

"Why number of players participating backgammon tournaments is decreasing all the time?"

Is that actually true?

"E. Points from each played backgammon match 1) Clear win (5-0, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3) = 3 points 2) DMP win (5-4) = 2 points 3) DMP loss (4-5) = 1 point 4) Clear loss (0-5, 1-5, 2-5, 3-5) = 0 points"

This is very antithetical to match play backgammon. There can be 0-5 matches that are in fact extremely close. Is a 2a 2a match that gets an autocube and results in a 5-3 win a more impressive win than a 5 - 4 win?

"All the matches in preliminary round robin are played at own pace in own division without clocks. Minimum of seven (7) matches shall be played by Saturday 20:00 clock. Maximum amount of matches is eleven (11). Every player will be given one extra point/match after seven played matches (i.e. from 8 – 11 matches). This means maximum of four (4) extra points as a reward for working hard and playing so many matches."

So not only could one get annoyed by an excessively slow player but it could prevent one from getting the bonus points. Also how is it decided who plays whom?

"1. Match points average 2. Match win - % 3. Pure match win -% 4. DMP win - % 5. A decisive DMP match is played (if enough time exists) 6. Players will decide their rank by rolling dice"

What is the difference between match win% and Pure match win %?

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