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Events and Tournaments

The Columbus Backgammon Club holds a number of different events each month that cater to different levels of interest in backgammon. These include:

  • Monthly Tournaments (usually at noon on the second Sunday of the month)
  • Small Jackpot Events (single-elimination events; currently weekly on Saturdays at 1:00 pm)
  • Open/Social Play (about 6 times per year, usually on a Sunday)

Monthly Tournament Format

The monthly tournament will take one of two forms, based on the number of entrants:

With 6 or more participants, the format will be be a single elimination bracket with a consolation bracket for those knocked out of the main bracket. Match lengths are 7-point matches in the main bracket, with a 9-point final, and 5-point matches in the consolation bracket, with a 7 point final.

Payouts will be:

1st place (winner of the Main final) – 50%

2nd place (loser of the Main final) – 30%

3rd place (winner of the Consolation final) – 20%

There will also be a $10 side pool available for anyone interested, where the last side pool participant remaining in the main flight receives 100% of the pool. You are eliminated from contention from the side pool after your first loss.

With fewer than 6 participants, a round-robin tournament will be held where all participants will play against all other participants in single 5 or 7 point matches, depending on the time available. Payouts will be determined based on the number of participants. There is no side pool associated with the round-robin matches.

Registration is on the day of the tournament from 11:30 to 12:00 PM.  No advance registration or reservations will be taken. Entries will not be taken after 12:00 PM so that the tournament may start on time. Entry fee is $20, though first-time tournament participants are only $10, cash only. Note: this first-time discount does not apply to the February 2018 tournament, which is a unique tournament (see below). First-time participants in February 2018 may instead use their $10 discount in their second Columbus Backgammon Club tournament. 100% of entry fees will be returned in prize money. Prize awards and payout may be adjusted according to attendance. With 17-32 players there will likely be a prize for 4th place (loser of the Consolation finals).

See below for special notes regarding the January and February 2018 tournaments

Note: The January and February 2018 tournaments will have an additional $20 side pool available for anyone interested, where the last side pool participant remaining in the main flight receives 100% of the pool. You are eliminated from contention from the side pool after your first loss.  Note that the $10 and $20 side pools are independent of each other. Players may enter neither, either, or both side pools.

As an experiment to try to provide additional playing opportunities for those who are eliminated early, the director will try to arrange an experimental round-robin tournament ($12 entry, 100% return, prizes proportional to how many matches you win) for players who are eliminated from the main tournament before 3:00 pm. These extra matches don’t count toward Masters Points.

The February 2018 tournament will have an additional added money pool (approximately $100) donated by the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF). This added money will be given to the USBGF member who advances farthest in the Main bracket (a split/tie side pool, while rare, is possible; in that case the money will still be split as normal). You are eliminated from contention for the added money after your first loss. Note that you must be a current USBGF member on February 11 to be eligible for the added money pool. Additionally, the winner of the USBGF added money pool will also win an entry into the online USBGF free-roll Inter-Club Championships in March 2018. Since this entry to the Inter-Club Championships is a unique entry (each club can only submit one entry), if necessary we’ll use progression in the Consolation as the first tiebreaker and a 1-point playoff match as the second tiebreaker in order to select Columbus’ Inter-Club Championships entrant. The winner of the Inter-Club Championshps will win an entry into the ABT event of their choice. They will also be featured in an article in the USBGF PrimeTime magazine and have the finals match analyzed by an expert. Currently we expect the Inter-Club Championships to be a 21-player tournament (21 clubs, one player per club).

If you wish, you may qualify for the added money USBGF side pool by signing up for a new USBGF membership or renewing an expired membership at the February tournament itself (before 12:00 noon). The director will collect money and entry forms (the club has plenty of blank entry forms) and forward everything to the USBGF at the end of the tournament.


What is a chouette? A Chouette is a social backgammon variant for more than 2 players, excellent for learning more about the game because of the discussions that can happen with each play.

Our chouettes are normally held twice per month (see sidebar for schedule). We currently use the rules published by the Atlanta Backgammon Club. These rules can be found here.

Open/Social Play

These events are for those who prefer to play backgammon in a less competitive or social environment, though we may hold no-cost beginner/intermediate tournaments during the same time. Lessons are available as well. Come on out and meet other folks who share your interest in backgammon!