Format (subject to change if fewer than 64 players register, but last year, oversubscribed)
Group Stage (Saturday 29th April)
16 groups of 4 players will play a Round Robin comprising three 11-point matches. Based closely on Official UKBGF Player Ratings, the top 16 registrants will each have been seeded into a different group; then the next 16, and so on. Each match win will score one Group Point (nil for a loss).
The top two players in each Group (i.e. 32 in total) will progress to Sunday’s Main bracket; the bottom two players in each Group (i.e. 32 in total) will enter Sunday’s Consolation bracket.
If two players in a Group end tied on Points, their head-to-head result will decide their placement. If three players in a Group end tied on points, a tie-break will decide: the three players will each roll four dice; the two highest rollers will then play a one-point match. The winner of this one-point match will stay on to play the other player, and so on. The first player to win two one-point matches in a row, will finish as the top player of the three. The remaining two players will then play a further one-point match to determine second and third places. All one-point play-offs will be clock-mandatory (12 secs/move, 4 mins pool).
Knock-out Stage (Sunday 30th April)
Main and Consolation flights will each comprise 3 rounds of 7 points, a semifinal of 9 points and an 11-point final.
In each flight, players from the same round robin Group will be placed in different halves of the draw. For the first round of the Main, each first-placed finisher from Saturday's Groups will be drawn against a second-placed finisher from a different Group. Similarly, in the first round of the Consolation, each third-placed finisher from Saturday will play a fourth-placed finisher from a different Group.
The 16 players who lose in the first round of the Main, and the 16 who lose in the first round of the Consolation, will enter a double elimination, Last Chance flight, comprising rounds of 5 points, and (time-permitting) 7-point final match(es).
The 8 players who lose in the second round of the Main will enter the first round of a "Super-8" flight. The 4 winners of the Super-8 first round will be joined in the second round by the 4 losers from the final 8 in the Main.
Similarly, the 8 players who lose in the second round of the Consolation will enter the first round of a "Not-quite-so-super-8", to be joined in the second round by the 4 losers from the final 8 in the Consolation.
The Super-8 and Not-quite-so-super-8 flights will comprise 3 rounds of 5 points and a final of 7 points.
The tournament will be played to UKBGF rules, but with the following refinements
All matches will be baffle-box neutral, clock preference (12secs/move, 2mins/point pool), except Swiss one-point play-offs (see above). The Tournament Director reserves the right to impose a clock, either from the outset or part-way through, on any match that is threatening to hold up the rest of the tournament.
On both days, penalty points may be imposed where an opponent is not ready to play when a match is otherwise ready to commence. Regardless of match length, penalty points will be awarded after each of 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes lateness, with the match being forfeited after 25 minutes delay.
25/4/17 Group stage seeding and draw
(draw will be carried out at 17:00 at Rat's Castle,
St Albans, using UKBGF rankings at that time)
Saturday 29th April
13:00 Side-pools open
13:30 Doors Open, Side-pools close, Introduction, Group auction
14:00 Play commences
20:30 (approx.) 1-point play-offs
22:00 (est.) play finishes
Sunday 30th April
12:30 Doors open
13:00 Play commences
21:00 (est.) awards +
+ n.b. Monday is a Bank Holiday