Forum Archive : Tournaments

Types of events

From:   Daniel Murphy
Date:   4 November 1997
Subject:   Re: BG tourneys IRL

Kirk R. wrote:
> I recently received some information via email regarding a backgammon
> tournament and some of it was like reading a foreign language  ;-).
> I was hoping if someone could explain some of these terms to me and to
> any other confused bg enthusiasts who might swing though here...

In addition to the main events, typically called Championship, Open or
Main, Intermediate, and Beginner, the larger tournaments have a number
of side events to keep everyone busy and happy. The names of these
side events are often colorful but the terms Kirk asks about are
fairly clear :)

> What is a micro-blitz?

I'd expect a "blitz" tournament to have very short matches (as a side
event, usually 1- or 2-point matches) with no consolation bracket (one
loss and you're out). "micro-blitz" -- probably 1-point matches.

> No "cube" blitz?

"No cube" -- the doubling cube is not used.

> 4-person knockout?

"knockout" -- a small event typically for 4, 8, or (rarely) 16
players, a relatively small entry fee, short matches, no consolation
bracket, and typically winner-take-all. Winners may or may not advance
to another level to play against other knockout winners.

An example is davide's Summer and Winter Blitz tournaments on FIBS.
Players are grouped in eight 8-player knockouts. Three rounds of
5-point matches determine a winner for each knockout. The eight
winners get a piece of the prize pool and then compete in a final
8-player knockout for the rest of it.

A knockout's big brother is often called a "jackpot" -- same format
but for 8, 16 or even 32 players, longer matches, and often very large
entry fees -- the bigger tournaments might have $500, $1000, $2000, or
even $5000 jackpot side events -- and typically paying prize money to
1st and 2nd only (sometimes 3rd/4th also).

Daniel Murphy
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