Belgian Individual Championship D1 2014

BGFed.be

No entry fee in 2014 but all players must be member of BGFed.be (10,- € for 1 year). No prizes are given by BGFed.be but - we expect - a generous sponsor to donate some precious presents.

Division 1: 8 players, one group, round-robin, every player plays against all the other opponents (best-of-3 till 11, 2-0 or 2-1). Ranking based on number of victories, mutual encounters and set average (difference +/-) to rank numbers 1 to 8. Players ranked 1 and 2 at the end of the round-robin will play a final (best-of-3 till 11, 2-0 or 2-1) organized by BGFed.be (no home or away privilege in that case); winner of this final will be Belgian Individual Champion 2014. Players ranked 6 to 8 go to division 2.

Players qualified for division 1 2014 : Geert Van der Stricht, Johan Segers, Paul Van Dijke, Paulus van Rooijen, Maurits Pino, Michel Lamote, Guy Van Middelem and Walter Meuwis.

If a player does not complete all matches in a given year without a valid reason, he or she will not have access to the BIC the next year.

BGFed.be supports ‘live’ backgammon play and organizes ‘live’ tournaments.

Home and away matches will be sorted by draw. At home is normally around the city where the players live (for Van Middelem: Brussels; for Van Dijke: Antwerp).

Players should be flexible in fixing a date and a venue. And: solidarity should prevail (picking up someone at the bus or train station) and we count on the goodwill of all the participants! (Even if Van Middelem is playing at home against Meuwis, he’s ready to drive to Hasselt!) And most of the players can meet in Leuven or Brussels (before a club evening, for example). Home and away should not be taken too strictly. The most important thing is that appointments should be made sufficiently long in advance. Because backgammon is a social event, BGFed.be strongly recommends meeting before or during club evenings and tournaments in Antwerp, Brugge, Brussels, Gent, Hasselt, and Leuven.

A complete program will include all matches to be played, starting with match 1 to 7. Players should try to stick to the order of this program (though it's not a real necessity, as long as the imposed deadlines - see below - are respected). By making appointments, priority should go to the scheduled order of matches.

Deadlines are imposed to insure matches are played at a regular basis. All matches should be finished by 14/11/2014! All appointments should be confirmed by email, with a copy to the tournament director. The tournament director will follow the progress of the tournament closely; if needed, warning messages will be sent. These deadlines will only be guidelines to avoid having players who will start their program too lately.

Clocks are in use if available (and very strongly recommended). Playing with a clock cannot be refused by one player if the other requests it. The time control for a set to 11 points is Bronstein with 22 minutes bank time plus 12 seconds per move.

Annotation of matches in 2014: ONLY if both players agree. The way they agree is their concern.

* a) most common way to behave if both players agree: the player who takes notes (by pen or computer) receives 20 seconds per move (instead of 12). The match MUST be annotated till the end, even if the player who takes notes is in Zeitnot. BGFed.be counts on the goodwill of the participants – for example, the player who takes notes can ask to stop the clock to recover from notation mistakes. If this common way is used, both players must receive the analysis of the game.

* b) take care: a lot of players do not agree with this common way, they would allow taking notes only in the 12 allowed seconds. If this is the case, taking notes in Zeitnot is not obliged neither sending the analysis to the opponent.

* c) the use of a camera to record a match is allowed but the owner of the camera gets 12 seconds (not more) per move like his opponent and MUST send the analysis to his opponent.  

The BIC will be played according to the rules of the World Backgammon Association.

Unlike matches in the 4 Cubes / tournaments / club evenings, where you have captains / referees / organizers who can handle eventual quarrels, in most cases the players of BIC matches will be on their own. BGFed.be counts on a very high level of gentleman’s agreement.

BGFed.be cannot foresee all possible dispute scenarios but let’s say that a slip of the mind (damned, I didn’t see I could enter a checker from the bar to the six-point) is a mistake; a mechanical error (I really think the score is 8-8 even if the scoreboard mentions 9-8; this checker put on the bar has inadvertently fallen on the board) is not.  

BGFed.be strongly dislikes illegal moves but in absence of a referee, the legal moves rule cannot be enforced. Still, we count on the goodwill of the players, especially if a match is annotated.

Anything not in the rules and requiring arbitrage will be considered seriously by BGFed.be and the BIC organizer.

A prize-giving ceremony will be held between 15/11 and 31/12/2014, immediately after the end of the final.