Belgian Individual Championship D2 2014

BGFed.be

No entry fee in 2014 but all players must be member of BGFed.be (10,- € for 1 year).

Division 2: 12 players, 2 groups (A & B), round-robin in each group of 6 players, every player plays against all the other opponents in his group (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 6. Players ranked 1 at the end of the round-robin will qualify for D1 2015. Players ranked 2 will play a play-off (best-of-3 till 11, 2-0 or 2-1) - home or away privilege will be drawn - :  winner of this play-off will qualify for D1 2015; loser will stay in division 2 in 2015. Players ranked 3 to 6 remain in division 2 in 2015.

12 players registered: Patrick De Wilde, Luc Palmans, Alain Chif, Marius Hentea, Philippe Braekman, Zsolt Tasnadi, Geert Dooms, Manuel Baptista, Nabil Antoun, Line Vandamme, Peter Allemeersch and Akbar Soltani.

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.

Assignment of players to the groups: draw based on Bigelo ranking on 3 January 2014 with seeding rights.

12 participants with Bigelo ranks 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 23, 32, 35, 36, 41, 42 and 47 (subject to change according to results till 3 January, 10.00 AM). Then players 10, 11, 14 and 15 go into the first urn; 19, 23, 32 and 35 in the second urn; 36, 41, 42 and 47 in the third urn. From each urn, two players are drawn to go to the first group (A) and two other players to the second group (B).

Home and away matches will be sorted by a second draw. In each group, every player will be assigned a number. The 5 rounds and the order of matches is this:

Round 1:        1 at home against 2

                3 at home against 4

                5 at home against 6

Round 2:        6 at home against 1

                4 at home against 5

                2 at home against 3

Round 3:        3 at home against 1

                5 at home against 2

                6 at home against 4

Round 4:        1 at home against 4

                2 at home against 6

                3 at home against 5

Round 5:         1 at home against 5

                6 at home against 3

                4 at home against 2

At home is normally around the city where the players live, foreign players play at home around Antwerp (for Soltani: Brussels; for Palmans: Hasselt, Riemst or Leuven; for Allemeersch: Brugge).

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, D1, is playing at home against Meuwis, D1, 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 in each group, starting with match 1 to 5. Players will receive their individual program by mail including names, tel. numbers and e-mail addresses. 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 in the round-robin 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: 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.