About League / Rules

About the LiveBackgammonLeague-Sydney.org

Its aim is to:

1. Give Sydney players experience of playing face to face, 11-point matches and the excitement of league competition Backgammon.

2. Encourage new players.

3. Enlarge the Backgammon fraternity.

4. To have FUN playing Backgammon.

How does it work?

  • Divisions made up of four players each
  • Each season lasts three months ending at midnight on the following respective dates: 25/3, 25/6, 25/9, 25/12 and commencing again on the first day of
    the following month.
  • Only matches played and reported by season deadline count towards point’s total.
  • Each player plays two 11 point matches against all other players in their division.
  • All matches are to be played using shakers or baffle box (and precision dice when available). Legal moves only.

  • UKBGF Tournament Rules have been adapted and adopted by the LiveBackgammonLeague-Sydney and are available here.
  • 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.
  • One promotion spot in each division; one relegation spot in each division; $60 to each divisional winner, $25 to second spot.

League tables updated at least weekly and published here.

How to join

League Entry is by invitation only. League Director John Hedge’s (JH) discretion on all invites and re-invites. Appeal in writing to the committee is

$25 entry per season. All payments must be made to JH before league season renewal deadlines (28/12, 28/3, 28/6, 28/9). Standing orders or pre-payments can
be arranged for yearly league membership.

Newcomers join the lowest division. From time to time the lower divisions may contain five players, in which case first prize is $50, second and third
prizes are $25 each.

Between the lower divisions of five players the default is one-up two-down promotion and relegation. However, there may be a second promotion spot
available according to the number of players in the league the following season. There will only be one promotion and one relegation spot into and from
four-player divisions.

Players may play as many or as few matches as they like, however final points total will decide league position. Any player failing to play a single match
in a season will be suspended from the league for 12 months.

All players will need to provide an email address, phone number and nearest home rail station (or Club location eg RSL). These will be sent to each
division’s respective players 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.

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 JH in person, email or text. Both players should report results or copy in by email.

What else should I know?

League Committee is Michael Mills & JH (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 very good reason for dropping out given to JH.

This is a FUN tournament – prize fund is secondary. Any player losing sight of this will not be invited back at the start of the following season.

Clocks used only at agreement of both players.

However the “Clocks Preference” rule is applicable in Divisions 1 & 2. This rule states that if any player wishes to use a clock and there is a
dedicated working clock available then the match is on the clock. This also applies to play-offs. 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. This could be in another competition or any other event with face-to-face play.


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 divisional matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in
descending order). If, after having applied any criteria, two or more players still have an equal ranking, criteria a) to g) are reapplied in order
exclusively to the matches between the still equally ranked players in question to determine their final rankings.

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

b) Superior score difference from the divisional matches played among the players in question;

c) Higher number of match points (score for) scored in the divisional matches played among the players in question;

d) Superior score difference from all divisional matches played;

e) Higher number of match points (Score for) scored from all divisional matches played;

f) Higher Win Rate (Wins/matches ratio from all divisional matches played);

g) Higher number of “second match” wins played among the players in question. Second matches being the previous-most of the two divisional 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

h) Higher current League FIBS rating.

League Finances


The league will be ‘not for profit’. Any monies left over after running costs will be used to further backgammon in Sydney.


This league is inspired by Ian Tarr of Bristol Backgammon and Richard Biddle’s London Players’ Backgammon League