In the 4 Cubes 2017 interclub competition, five Belgian teams will fight for the title of Belgium’s Best Backgammon Club: Brugge, Brussels, Gent, Leuven I, and Leuven Cubers II (winners of the 4 Cubes 2016).
The tournament format is round-robin: every team will meet every other team, either at home or away. There are five rounds, with each team being bye for one round.
When two teams meet, they both field four players. The encounter consists of three rounds of 7-point matches. This gives twelve matches in total. The team winning seven or more matches has won the encounter (2 team points for the winning team). At a 6-6 score, the encounter ends in a draw (1 team point for each of the two teams).
To make sure the evenings don’t run excessively late, we play with the clock. Time control follows the Bronstein system: 14 minutes per player for the match, plus 12 seconds per move.
The home club is expected to provide the clocks. Of course, they may ask the visiting club for help.
The encounters take place in the third week of the months of February, April, June, September, and November.
Team captains are kindly asked to send the results of the twelve matches within 24 hours after the encounter by email to 4 Cubes 2017 tournament director Luc Palmans (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the end of the competition, teams are ranked according to the number of team points. In the case of a tie, the mutual result and the number of matches won (board points) will serve as tie-breakers. If needed, play-offs will be organized to determine the winner.
Detailed rules, teams, calendar and results can be found in the Tournament Book 4 Cubes 2017.
4 Cubes 2017 Committee
Tournament director is Luc Palmans. Luc is assisted by Johan Segers and Guy Van Middelem.