Single elimination (knockout tournament) where the winner of each round is the first to win 11 points (a doubling die is used). Bronstein timing – 11 mins per player + 8 secs per move. Crawford rule is used, however Jacoby Rule, Beavers and Automatic Doubling are not used.
All games will be played on BG Studio Heroes. Please provide your BG Studio Heroes username when registering (WE NEED YOUR STUDIO HEROES USERNAME but you do not need to register for the tournament on BG STUDIO HERO–just here at MSO). Please ensure that you have played at least 5 practice games on BG Studio Heroes to be familiar with the platform and eligible to participate.
All of the 2020 MSO Backgammon tournaments are being run by the World Backgammon Federation. The player with the top 5 Pentamind scores from all of the Backgammon events will be crowned the 2020 MSO Backgammon Champion. £100 for 1st, £50 for 2nd, and £25 for 3rd.
Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world. Although luck is involved and factors into the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. In variants that originate from early 20th century New York, players may raise the stakes during the game.