How does it work?


• Currently there is one division in which all players compete. This may change if numbers grow.
• Each season will lasts three months ending at midnight on the 25th of the last month, and commencing again on the first day of the following month.
• Only matches played and reported by season deadline count towards point’s total.
• THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ALTERED
• Each player plays two 11 point matches against all other players in the league.
• All matches are to be played using shakers (and precision dice when available) Legal moves only.
The exception to this is that if both players consent a match may be played on a tablet using XG Mobile provided the whole match is played in Championship Mode.
• UKBGF Rules have been adopted by the Central Scotland Backgammon League (except that the use of XG mobile is allowed as stated above).
• Two points for a win, one point for a loss.
• Match scores are recorded in the For/Against column in the league table.
• Winning scores are truncated to 11 points.

League tables are regularly updated and published on this website.

How to join


League Entry is by invitation only. League Director Neil Webb (NW) has full discretion on all invites and re-invites.

Players may play as many or as few matches as they like, however final points total will decide league position. Unless an exception has been granted by the League Director any player failing to play a single match in a season will be suspended from the league for 12 months and will need to reapply to join the league.

All players will need to provide an email address, phone number and nearest home rail station which is closest to (or on) the main line service of Glasgow to Edinburgh or Edinburgh to Stirling or Glasgow to Stirling. These will be sent to each player at the start of each season.

Playing matches


It is both players’ responsibility to organise matches. If both players can’t work it out between them over a three month period, they both lose out. No ifs, no buts, no sob stories. Forfeited matches are not awarded .

Players can arrange matches at venues and times of their choice. In all cases it is up to the individual players to arrange their matches. There is a clear expectation that any player joining the League is prepared to travel if necessary to a place within easy walking distance of any of the following rail stations (Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley/Haymarket or Stirling). Where players agree to meet up is for them but no one is required to meet up further afield than close walking distance to the stations listed.

No shows – three strikes and you’re out. Stood up player must provide email evidence of match arranged.
All completed match scores to be reported as soon as possible to NW by email. The winner should submit the result by email and copy in their opponent.

What else should I know?


League Committee is Ian Hesketh, Alastair Woods and Neil Webb (Committee will be allowed to play in the League). They will rule on any incidents not involving themselves. If an incident involves a member of the committee they will be replaced by an individual nominated by the non-involved committee. Any decisions by the committee will be made in the interest of sportsmanship over gamesmanship.

League Committee can change the rules and format of the league competition without notice. This would only ever be done to evolve the competition to everyone’s benefit and no-one will be purposely disadvantaged by these changes.

Players dropping out of the league will need to wait 12 months before being allowed re-entry unless NW at his discretion considers it appropriate to allow earlier re-entry.

Clocks used only at agreement of both players. If Clocks are used there should be 12 seconds per move with a 2 minute per point time bank.

The clock must be a dedicated device that uses the "Simple Delay" system of reserve time per move and per move deductibles. Smartphone apps that have the "Simple Delay" system can only be used if both players agree.

Players may agree to "double up" the result of an 11-point match in another competition as a league result. But this can only apply with the PRIOR agreement of both players.

BUT IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE TO PLAY A SINGLE LEAGUE MATCH AND COUNT IT AS TWO RESULTS!


Only fully completed matches count towards your total.

League Tie Breakers


If two or more players are equal on league points on completion of the league matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order).

a) Superior score difference from all league matches played;

b) Higher number of match points (Score for) scored from all league matches played;

c) Higher Win Rate (Wins/matches ratio from all league matches played);

d) Higher number of head to head fixtures won in the league matches played among the players in question. A fixture being the aggregate match scores of the two league matches played in one season against another player in question.

e) Higher number of “second match” wins played among the players in question. Second matches being the most recent of the two league matches played in the season against another player in question. If they have not played in the season in question, the most recent match in previous seasons is used.

f) Higher current League FIBS rating.


New players


If you are interested in playing when the next league starts please get in contact as soon as you can so we can record your details and remind you. Also if you would like to arrange any friendly non-league matches before the league starts we can put you in touch with other players who would be happy to meet up for some friendly matches - (Not that our league matches aren't friendly too!).
So while Players can only be part of the league if they have joined before the start date that is no reason not to get in contact now even if the current league is already in progress.

Beginners


We are very keen to encourage new players to the great game of Backgammon. Within our league we have a number of strong players who have been playing backgammon for many years. If you are new to backgammon and would like to learn please get in touch and we will arrange for you to have some lessons completely free of charge.
We will be able to take you through the basics of how the game is played, tell you what resources are available to help you to learn the game including which books will be of most assistance, which software will help you and which apps to download.
You are welcome to join our league no matter what your level of skill or experience but you will probably enjoy playing live matches much more if you have had a little basic training first. While a complete beginner would be very unlikely to beat an experienced player once you have a basic understanding of things like the opening moves and basic strategy the luck factor means that on a given day either player can win.

For more information about this league or to join please contact Neil Webb using the contact page.