USBGF Membership Blitz #136
Cary Hoarty
The U.S. Backgammon Federation is pleased to announce Membership Blitz #136. Registration will close and the draw will be announced Sunday, October 18, 2022.
Registration is open to all USBGF Premium members, Basic members, and registered Guests. All Membership Blitz tournaments award the first place finisher their choice of either a new USBGF Premium membership, a 1-year extension of their current USBGF Premium membership, or a $60 credit to spend as they wish at the USBGF BG Shop.
The option of a USBGF BG Shop credit shall only apply to current USBGF Basic, Youth, or Premium members in good standing who win their bracket of 8. All Guest members who win any USBGF Membership Blitz will be awarded a 1-year USBGF Premium membership upon their first win, and shall not have the option of applying their winnings elsewhere.
The tournament is directed by Cary Hoarty caryhoarty@gmail.com.
The tournament format will consist of single-elimination, 8-player brackets. All rounds will be 7 points in length. Match logs will be requested at the time of reporting. The tournament will start as soon as the 8-player bracket has been filled.
Registration, Venue, & Schedule
  • The entry fee for this tournament is $10.00 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.
  • Membership Blitz #136 will be played on GridGammon. 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.
  • Registered Guests who do not currently have a GridGammon account must contact GridGammon directly at support@gridgammon.com to apply for one. The USBGF can only assist with new GridGammon accounts submitted by Premium or Basic members. All entrants MUST have a valid GridGammon 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 should use the Report Win form to report match results. Players should 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.
The winner in the Membership Blitz #136 will be noted on the USBGF website and featured on the USBGF Facebook page.
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.