4 Cubes 2013

Congratulations to Brugge, winner of the 4 Cubes 2013! The competition ended in an exciting final with Leuven, holder of the 4 Cubes 2012; see report.

You can access the full results for 2013 in two ways:

Some interesting info :

  • We welcomed a 6th team in our annual competition: Leuven 2. Captain of Leuven 2 is Marc Van Haverbeke. Marc (with Leuven 1) is holder of the 4 Cubes 2012 trophy and winner of the last deciding match in 2012.
  • Gent’s new captain in 2013 is Geert Van der Stricht. Thanks to Bert Van Kerckhove for doing the job during the recent years (with a lot of succes).
  • New player for Hasselt in 2013 is Sassan Kachanian.

Tournament format

The 4 Cubes competition 2013 is set up as a single round-robin, i.e. all competing teams will meet once, either away or at home, in their clubhouse. In the case of an even number of participating teams, some teams will have to play more matches away than at home. This will then reverse the next year.

An encounter between 2 teams consists of 3 rounds of 3 matches to 7 points, all to be decided on a single day. Preferably, clocks will be used (Bronstein, 14 minutes, 12 seconds’ increment). Winner is the team who wins 5 or more matches.
A team can, if they so desire, field more than 3 players in a single encounter.  Therefore, at the beginning of each round, each team captain needs to announce the 3 players picked, without knowing the other team’s players for that round. The players will then be paired by draw, with the provision that 2 players cannot meet twice in the same encounter. Note that if a player (let’s say D) replaces another player (let’s say C) in round 2, s/he cannot play against the opponent of player C in round 1, for otherwise players A and B of the same team would have to play the same opponent in round 3.

If it happens that a team can only muster 2 players for a particular round (e.g. illness or early departure), they can still compete and win the encounter but they will lose the matches of the absent player. In a single year, a player can only represent one team. Every player must be a member of BGFed.be (5 euro registration fee, to be paid to Johan Segers or Guy Van Middelem).

At the end of the year, the teams are ranked as follows :

  1. Number of confrontations won;
  2. Mutual results against other tying teams;
  3. Number of matches won.

The team who ends up on top wins the competition and can display the 4 Cubes trophy in their clubhouse for a year.

The competition is scheduled in game days. Each game day needs to be played before a set date. These dates will be announced at the beginning of the competition on the calendar [2012 | 2013 ]. The team captains need to contact each other as promptly as possible to arrange a date. The visiting team’s captain needs to take the initiative. The date is then relayed to the Tournament Director. Both teams need to be flexible in setting up a date. Teams who have a fixed playing evening preceding a working day need to be willing to play on a Friday or Saturday, or any other day preceding a holiday.

The 4 Cubes competition will be played according to the tournament rules of the World Backgammon Association.

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