About

USBGF FTH Board Blitz #9
Tara Mendicino & Bill Riles
The U.S. Backgammon Federation is pleased to announce FTH Board Blitz #9. Registration will close and the draw will be announced Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
Registration is open to all USBGF Premium, Basic, and Novice members who are age 21 or older. All FTH Board Blitz tournaments award the first place finisher their choice of a custom-designed FTH backgammon board valued at $850 provided by USBGF Corporate Sponsor GammonStuff, including free shipping. The losing finalist will receive one free entry (valued at $30) into the next available FTH Board Blitz tournament.
Players are allowed a maximum of TWO (2) entries into any FTH Board Blitz tournament on a space-available basis. All FTH Board Blitz tournaments will close registration as soon as a bracket of 32 players has been filled. Players electing to enter twice will receive a bye into round two.
The tournament is directed by Tara Mendicino tara@usbgf.org and Bill Riles billriles@sbcglobal.net.
The tournament format will consist of single-elimination, 32-player brackets. All rounds will be 11 points in length. Match logs will be required at the time of reporting. The tournament will start as soon as the 32-player bracket has been filled.
Registration, Venue, & Schedule
  • The entry fee for this tournament is $30.00 and must be paid prior to registration. Participants may pay their entry fee at the Entry Fee page. All entrants must be 21 years of age or older to participate. After submitting your entry fee, please register at the tournament Registration page.
  • Players with sufficient BG Shop account credit may utilize their existing credit for entry fee purchases. Please contact Tara Mendicino tara@usbgf.org to make arrangements for entry fee processing.
  • FTH Board Blitz #9 will be played on GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games. New GridGammon accounts will be arranged through a special service free of charge to USBGF members who are not already registered at GridGammon. If you do not have a GridGammon account, please complete our GridGammon New Account Request Form at usbgf.org/trny/gg-acct/. Both Windows and Macintosh clients are available.
  • The USBGF does not guarantee that a member will receive a GridGammon account upon new account submission. For ALL GridGammon account assistance, players must contact GridGammon directly at support@gridgammon.com. All entrants MUST have a valid GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games account in place by the start of the tournament, or they may risk removal from the event or forfeiture.
  • 14 days will be allowed for arranging and completing each round. Participants are required to use the the Schedule Match Form for all tournament match scheduling correspondence.
USBGF Tournament System
  • Players register online. Members must be logged in to register. If needed, USBGF Usernames may be requested from info@usbgf.org. If not currently an active member please join.
  • Players will be automatically notified of their opponent and e-mail their opponent to arrange a playing time using the USBGF Tournament System. Several times should be offered.
  • Match winners report their result using the USBGF Tournament System.
  • The USBGF Tournament System provides lists of registered players for open brackets and drawsheets.
USBGF Online Rating System
Initial Elo Rating for New Players
  • Players who are new to the USBGF Tournament System are asked to select their initial Elo rating. We will accept ratings from GridGammon and will verify your submission.
  • Giants of Backgammon and expert players who do not have a GridGammon account may submit an initial rating selection of 1900.
  • Players who are new to online backgammon may select “Start With New Statistics.” Those players will start fresh with an Elo of 1500, Experience Points set to zero. Players should expect substantial volatility in their ratings until at least 400 Experience Points are gained.
  • All other players will start with 400 Experience Points.
  • For more information regarding our Rating System, please see Rating System. Should you have any questions or are unsure of what to submit, please use our Support Form.
Initial Elo Rating Guidelines
  • Players with GridGammon ratings <= 1549 should select 1500.
  • Players with GridGammon ratings > 1549 and < 1650 should select 1600.
  • Players with GridGammon ratings > 1649 and < 1750 should select 1700.
  • Players with GridGammon ratings > 1749 and < 1850 should select 1800.
  • Players with GridGammon ratings > 1849 should select 1900.
  • Unknown players without GridGammon ratings should select Start With New Statistics.
Match Reporting & Match Logs
Winners Report via the Report Win Form
Winners of matches MUST use the Report Win form to report match results. Players MUST save their matches and upload the match file when reporting. Match Files are requested for this event. If you need assistance making sure you have sufficient settings to save your GridGammon match files, please see How to Save GridGammon Match Files. Player participation in this tournament implies full consent of the USBGF to make match files available to its members for download from the USBGF website or analyze for USBGF publication.
Online Leader Board
A USBGF Online Circuit Leader Board includes Elo rating and Win/Loss record of all players in USBGF-sponsored online events who are active members. The Elo rating and Win/Loss Record of the top ten ranked players for each Division will be publicized on the USBGF Facebook site and included in bi-monthly issues of PrimeTime Backgammon.
Recognition
The winner in the FTH Board Blitz #9 will be noted on the USBGF website and featured on the USBGF Facebook page.
Notice
The tournament directors reserve the right to make modifications to the tournament design as well as the right to exclude participation with no reason required.