Format (subject to change if fewer than 64 players register, but last year, oversubscribed)
Group Stage (Saturday 5th May)
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 6th May)
Main and Consolation flights will each comprise 3 rounds of 7 points, semifinals of 9 points, and (time permitting) 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 Second Chance flight, comprising 4 rounds of 7 points and (time-permitting) a 9-point final.
The 16 players who lose in the first round of the Second Chance, will enter a Last Chance flight, comprising 3 rounds of 7 points and (time permitting) a 9-point final.
The 8 players who lose in the second round of the Main or in the second round of the Consolation, will enter the "Super-8" or "Not-quite-so-Super-8" flight, respectively. The Super-8 and Not-quite-so-super-8 flights will comprise 2 rounds of 9 points and (time permitting) a final of 11 points.
The tournament will be played to UKBGF rules.
In the interests of considerate behaviour, this tournament mandates "Goldilocks" dice-rolling, per Jon Barnes' tutorial (i.e. to highest standards).
As an experiment, this year will see the trialling of "Kibbitzer flags": optionally, and by mutual agreement, players may display a flag by their match, advising that kibbitzers are permitted to comment, but only if an illegal move is made, an illegal cube action is initiated (e.g. doubling in the Crawford game or offering to redouble a dead cube), or an error is made in scoring.
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.
25/4/18 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 5th May
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 6th May
12:30 Doors open
13:00 Play commences
21:00 (est.) awards +
+ n.b. Monday is a Bank Holiday