AusBGF Online Rules

Many thanks to Cindy Belonogoff of Warpgammon for permission to adapt her rules. These AusBGF Rules for Online Tournaments encompass the existing AusBGF Rules with the addition of the following. 

Match Completion

All matches should be completed. Players who repeatedly fail to complete matches may be excluded from future online tournaments.

Player Nicknames

Players may enter a tournament using only one player name. Players who enter a tournament more than once will be disqualified.

Playing Venues

Matches may be played at any venue, agreed by both players, that offers true random dice. Acceptable sites include Backgammon Galaxy, Safe Harbor Games, Backgammon Studio Heroes, and GridGammon.

Scheduling

Matches must be played before the deadline for the round. The Tournament Director must be notified promptly if an extension is required. The Tournament Director may allow an extension but is under no obligation to do so.

Players should attempt to schedule their matches via email, phone or text message soon after the match or round announcement in order to give the opponent time to respond.

Reporting Results

Match results must be reported to the Tournament Director (or other appointed person) via email, by the winner, as soon as practicable. The match log should be attached. The losing player may, but is not required to, also submit the match result. Misreported results must be pointed out to the Tournament Director as soon as noticed so that they may be corrected.

It is illegal to ‘give’ a win to another player if the match has not been played. Unplayed matches may not be reported.

If either player cannot play their match prior to the deadline, they must notify the tournament director of this as soon as possible.

Match Play

A match is considered started when both players click the dice. Once started, the match should be played to completion unless there is a prior agreement between players or there is an unforeseen emergency or interruption to the internet. Matches should not be interrupted on trivial grounds as this seriously inconveniences players.

If players have more than one match of the same length to play in different events, they must agree on which match is being played before starting. Note that the same match result cannot be used to post in more than one event. Each match must be independently played.

Each game must be rolled to completion, unless ended by passing a double or redouble, or conceding a no-contact position as a single game, gammon or backgammon loss. Neither matches nor games may be canceled, replayed or settled without the approval of the Tournament Director.

Help and advice to players by other persons or by any device is strictly forbidden.

Clocks

The default clock settings for a match will be NORMAL CLOCKS unless both players agree to play at any other setting, or without clocks. Or the Tournament Director may choose an alternative clock setting.

Doubling

Auto Double must be set to “OFF”. The Crawford Rule applies to all matches.

Resignations

All games must be completed unless it is clear that one side cannot win. It is considered unethical and cheating to resign a single game when a gammon is overwhelmingly likely.

Disconnects

If there is a disconnect or internet problem and the clock runs down or the match cannot be resumed in a timely manner, players have the option to either restart the match from scratch or adjust the score to what it was at the disconnect. Both players must agree. To adjust the score on restarting, resign games or give and drop cubes if it’s a high score. A screenshot of the board as it was when the disconnect occurred should be captured, if possible. A player who disconnects should wait at least 10 minutes before rescheduling. Disputes should be directed to the tournament director.

Late Arrival

If a player is late to a match, the opponent should wait at least 10 minutes after the scheduled start time and then immediately reschedule the match. Failure to play scheduled matches, or not showing at all, is very disruptive to the tournament and indicates poor sportsmanship. Regular transgressors may be precluded from entering tournaments for a period of time.

Kibitzers

Neither player may set NO KIBITZERS or block any individual player from kibitzing. All players have the right to watch (and learn from) other players’ matches, provided they do not disturb the play. A player may, upon notifying his opponent, set the table settings to SILENCE or IGNORE.

Unintentional Errors

All matches must be played to the posted match length. Match results reported to any other length are deemed invalid. The Tournament Director will determine the course of further action.

Where a player unintentionally accepts a double that obviously should not have been accepted, or unintentionally resigns, the opponent should be immediately alerted. While the opponent is not obliged to correct the error, it is considered unethical to capitalise on unintentional errors.

Abusive Behaviour

Players are expected to play their matches in a cordial and sportsmanlike manner. Abusive comments, comments about the opponent’s luck or other derogatory comments will not be tolerated either in the lobby, at the table or in emails. Repeated occurrences of such behaviour will lead to a suspension. Further occurrences will result in a permanent ban from events.

All matches must be played in compliance with the rules of the game site. If players violate the site’s rules they may be disqualified from AusBGF sanctioned tournaments.

Disputes

If there is a software malfunction in a game that prevents a player from obtaining a valid result, the player may settle with the opponent in any mutually agreeable way. If a settlement cannot be agreed upon, the match should be paused and the Tournament Director contacted. The Tournament Director will determine a settlement which, as closely as possible, gives each player the match-winning chances they would have had if the irregularity had not occurred.

All disputes should be immediately brought to the attention of the Tournament Director. Disputes will be heard by the AusBGF Ethics Committee if appropriate.

Tournament Director Authority

The Tournament Director has full authority to resolve all disputes and may, where a situation presents itself, modify or depart from the published rules to resolve situations that may compromise the integrity of the event. This will occur only in the cases of unanticipated situations, peculiarities pertaining to internet backgammon play, or where a variation would be manifestly fairer to a large number of players.

Where a decision involves the Tournament Director, or such decision is challenged, it may, should the interested parties prefer, be resolved by the AusBGF Ethics Committee.