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Rated Match Policy

On 1st January 2018, the ABF adopted its official results policy PDF, which is designed to establish a standard for the quality of results posted to this site.

The ABF policy is supplemented by local policies, which give club managers the freedom to define local rules that work for the way their events are run.

The manager for Backgammon ACT data on this site is Greg Ash.

The local policy for Backgammon ACT is as follows:

All completed tournament matches played according to the official random draw at Backgammon ACT Club meetings (post 1 July 2018) will contribute to individual players’ Australian Backgammon Federation ratings. The tournament rules published on the Backgammon ACT website shall be applied, and players will adhere to the normally accepted rules of backgammon. The general principles published by the Australian Backgammon Federation in their Rated Match Policy will also apply. Historical ratings will also be maintained for the foreseeable future in a separate Excel spreadsheet.

In exceptional circumstances, and only with the agreement of the Tournament Manager, finalists may agree to a reduction in match length, but this must be accurately reported.

Whilst the initial draw is random, any remaining places are filled on a first come-first served basis, with the proviso that players still “alive” in a tournament are not eligible for a buyback. Where more that two players are ready to take spare positions (including buybacks) then these will be allocated randomly. New tournaments will be started where appropriate and necessary to provide the maximum number of players with a tournament entry.

A match in which penalty points have been awarded will be rated unless it becomes a walkover. Settled matches, unfinished matches, walkovers and friendlies will not be rated.

The term ‘friendlies’ includes any match which is not part of the normal tournament schedule, even if it is played during a club meeting. Chouette matches will not be recorded.

Postponed or unfinished matches should be completed as soon as possible by arrangement between the players concerned and the result reported by both players