2019 Programme

Entry to the Main Tournament (€50) includes entry to the Consolation Knockout and the Last Chance Knockout. All Main Tournament entrants are guaranteed a minimum of 5 matches.

€3,000 Prize Fund + Optional Side Pools + Trophies in 
Main Tournament
Consolation Knockout
Last Chance Knockout

Register at event for Thursday and Friday Knockouts.

Optional Side Pools will run alongside the Main Tournament and selected Knockouts. (A Side Pool is a prize fund made up of additional and optional entry fees, kept separate from the main prize fund, and awarded to the player of each side pool who gets the furthest in each pool.)

In the Main Tournament Heats each entrant plays up to 6 games. Win 5 or more games to secure qualification into the Main Tournament Knockout on Sunday. Win 4 games to be in the Main Tournament Playoffs.

Day Cork Open Backgammon Tournamen

Thursday 18.00 Chris Humble's 60th Birthday Party - Buffet on Chris!
20.00 €10 Knockout (5-points)
20.00 €100 Knockout (7-points)
22.00 Live Music in DeBarras Folk Club 

Friday 12.00 Lunch in Clonakilty Farmers' Market
14.00 €50 Doubles Knockout (5-points)
20.00 €20 Knockout (7-points)
20.00 €200 Knockout (9-points)
21.00  €10 Knockout (5-points)
21.00 Comedians Bernard O'Shea/Karl Spain in DeBarras Folk Club

Saturday 09.30 Registration, Side Pools, Briefing & Group Photo
10.00 Main Tournament 6-Round Swiss (7-points)
18.00 Thai Dinner in Baan Sujittra Restaurant
21.00 Music Session Trail:
           Con & Maura's Bar
           An Teach Beag
           Shanleys Bar


09.00 Main Tournament Playoffs (7-points)
09.15 Main Tournament Final 16 Draw
09.30 Consolation Knockout Registration & Side Pools
10.00 Main Tournament Knockout Start (9-points)
10.00 Consolation Knockout Draw/Start (7-points)
12.00 Last Chance Draw/Start (3-points)

18.00 Finals:
Main Tournament (11-points)
Consolation Knockout (9-points)
Last Chance Knockout (5-points)
20.00 Roy Harper in DeBarras Folk Club

Monday 10.00 Scenic Tour/Coast Walk

A 64-player 6-round Swiss Tournament will result in:
1 Player winning 6 matches, 
6 Players winning 5 matches, and
15 Players winning 4 matches.

Of the 15 Players winning 4 matches, 3 names will be drawn from a hat and will qualify. The remaining 12 Players will each play a 7-point match, of which the 6 winners will also qualify, bringing the total to 16 Players.

The 48 non-qualifiers from the Main Tournament Swiss Rounds will be joined in Round 2 of the Consolation Tournament by the 8 Players knocked out of the Main Tournament Knockout. Depending on numbers, re-buys may be available at €20.

The Cork Open Backgammon Tournament will adopt the Tournament Rules (Edition 1.3, August 2015) of the European Backgammon Federation.

Clocks may be used in all finals. The Tournament Director will invoke clocks in any game where slow play is delaying proceedings.