4th USBGF Director’s Cup
Tara Mendicino & Bill Riles
The U.S. Backgammon Federation is pleased to announce the launching of the 4th USBGF Director’s Cup.
Entry is free to all USBGF Premium, Novice, and Basic members. Please register and follow the action at the Online Circuit section of our website.
  • This tournament awards the first place finisher their choice of either a 1-year extension of their current USBGF Premium membership PLUS a 1-year GammonSite membership, or a $60 credit to spend as they wish at the USBGF BG Shop.
  • The second place finisher will receive their choice of either a 1-year GammonSite membership PLUS a $15 USBGF BG Shop credit, or they may choose a $30 USBGF BG Shop credit.
  • Third and fourth place finishers will receive their choice of either a 1-year GammonSite membership or a $15 USBGF BG Shop credit.
  • Finalists will receive certificates and the overall winner will be profiled in PrimeTime Backgammon magazine.
Directors & Format
The tournament is directed by Tara Mendicino tara@usbgf.org and Bill Riles bill@usbgf.org.
The format consists of single matches beginning with a 7 point length, and increased by two points in each subsequent round (e.g. 7/9/11/13/15/17).
Venue & Schedule
  • Director’s Cup matches may be played on GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games servers. Players who do not have GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games accounts will be required to obtain them PRIOR TO REGISTRATION. If you do not have a GridGammon account, please complete our GridGammon New Account Request Form. To obtain a GammonSite account, please visit GammonSite.
    The USBGF cannot guarantee that you will be approved for a new GridGammon account. Members are on notice that GridGammon new account processing time can take as long as 7 to 10 business days, or longer.
    Players will risk forfeiture should they register for any USBGF Online Circuit event without an active GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games account in place.
  • 14 days will be allowed for arranging and completing each round of the event.
Match Integrity
  • All matches will be recorded and may be subject to computer and human analysis for possibility of irregularities. Match logs will be REQUIRED to be submitted when a match win is reported.
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.
  • Players are reminded that THERE WILL BE NO ROUND EXTENSIONS FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. If your match is not completed and reported by the published round deadlines, you will NOT receive an extension. So, please get your matches played and reported BEFORE the deadlines.
  • Winners must 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 should use the Report Win form in the USBGF Online Tournament Circuit system to report match results. Players should save their matches and upload the match file when reporting match results. 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
The USBGF Online Circuit Leader Board includes Elo rating and Win/Loss records of all players in USBGF-sponsored online events who are active members.
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.