Start Time

19:00

Monday, April 8, 2019

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End Time

20:00

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Address

Hotel Splendid | Budva – Montenegro

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The WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation
is proud to present the

4th MERIT OPEN MONTENEGRO GRAND PRIX
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

ADDED MONEY-PRIZE 25.000 €

HOTEL SPLENDID CONFERENCE & SPA RESORT
CASINO MERIT ROYAL SPLENDID
BUDVA | MONTENEGRO

Monday 8th – Sunday 14th April, 2019

WBGF World Team Championship
Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th April, 2019

Main event
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April, 2019
Registration starts on Tuesday 9th April, 2019

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MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles
Friday 12th April, 2019

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MERIT International Super-Jackpot & Ladies Tournament
Saturday 13th April, 2019

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869BG Warm-up Trophy & Quarter entries
Wednesday 10th April, 2019

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Speedgammon, Jackpots & One Point Matches
Wednesday 10th – April, 2019

INFO

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
To be announced at the start of the Tournament
DIRECTORS

Marco Fornasir – WBF General Secretary

Arda Findikoglu – WBF Turkey President

sanctioned by the WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation

The WBF sanction is guarantee of transparency and correctness since 1986

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Marco Fornasir
ph. & fax +39 0331 923537 – mob. +39 337 303804
email info@wbf.netwww.wbf.net – on Skype marcofornasir

Arda Findikoglu
mob. +90 533 2352555
email turkey@wbf.netwww.wbf.net www.wbfturkey.org

Facebook page:MERIT INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

FORMAT
Double elimination with Main, Progressive Second Chance and Last Chance
ENTRY FEES
100% of entry-fees will be added into the prize pool

Master (Double elimination format: main 13 points – progressive second chance 9 points + last chance 5 points) 400 € + registration min. 75 €/max 100 €

Quarter entry Master (9 points) 125 €

Intermediate (Double elimination format: main 9 points – progressive second chance 7 points + last chance 5 points) 100 € + registration min. 75 €/max 100 €

WBGF World Team Championship 400 € per team + registration 80 €

Doubles (first round match length 7 points) 1.000 € per team + registration 100 €

Speedgammon (first round match length 5 points) 40 € + registration 10 €

MERIT International Super-Jackpot (all rounds 11 points) 1.000 € (deduction 8%)

Ladies Tournament (first round match length 7 points) 50 € + registration 10 €

869BG Warm-up (all rounds match length 5 / final 7 points) free-of-charge – guaranteed seats only for players who are registered to a main category on Tuesday 9th April, 2019

REGISTRATION FEES

Including Wednesday Welcome Cocktail and Sunday MERIT International Farewell Gala & Awarding Ceremony with surprises

2019 WBF SUPPORTERS 75 €
ELITE CLUB-TR MEMBERS 75 €
2019 GOLDEN CIRCUIT PARTICIPANTS 75 €
OPEN 100 €
WBGF World Team Championship 100 € (per team)
DOUBLES 60 € (per team)
SPEEDGAMMON 10 €
LADIES TOURNAMENT 10 €

The 2019 WBF GOLDEN CARD will be available at the tournament desk

PRIZES
100% of all entry will be returned as money-prize to the players & MERIT International will donate 25.000 € as the added valueThe money-prizes will be divided as follows:

Master Main (total added value distribution 15.000 €):
Winner 45%, Finalist 20%, 3rd classified 10%,
4th/5th classified 5%, 6th/7th/8th classified 2,5%

Master Last Chance: Winner 5%, Finalist 2,5%

Intermediate Main (total added value distribution 2.000 €):
Winner 50%, Finalist 20%, 3rd classified 10%,
4th/5th classified 5%

Intermediate Last Chance: Winner 10%

WBGF World Team Championship (total added value distribution 5.000 €):
Winner Team 52,5 %, Finalist Team 25%, 3rd classified Team 15%, 4th classified Team 7,5%

MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles (total added value distribution 3.000 €):
Winner Team 50%, Finalist Team 25%, Semi-Finalists 12,5% each Team

The money-prizes for Super-Jackpot 32 players will be divided as follows:
20.000 € winner, 9.440 € finalist

The money-prizes for Ladies Tournament will be divided as follows:
50% winner, 25% finalist, 12,5% each Semi-finalist

The money-prizes for Speedgammon will be divided as follows:
50% winner, 25% finalist, 12,5% each Semi-finalist

The money-prizes for One Point Match will be divided as follows:
50% winner, 25% finalist, 12,5% each Semi-finalist

MERIT International offers a complimentary “Double stay of 5 nights” in Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa Resort during next year’s tournament as a prize for 869BG Warm-up

A special handmade Backgammon board is offered by 869BG as a prize for 869BG Warm-up

TROPHIES

Various trophies are offered by MERIT International to the winners in the two main categories, additionally in:

WBGF World Team Championship
MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles
Ladies Prize
Ladies Tournament
869BG Warm-up
Speedgammon
MERIT International Super-Jackpot
One Point Match – President’s Tournament

The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION
For accommodation, we recommend HOTEL SPLENDID Conference & Spa Resort, where the tournament action will take place.
In order to reserve a room in the hotel, we kindly recommend you to connect to the link
http://www.montenegrostars.com/index.php/home-splendid
and book your room mentioning the access key merit2019


HOTEL SPLENDID Conference & Spa Resort*****
Becici b.b. – 85310 Budva – Montenegro
ph. +382 33 773 777
MERIT Casino Royal PR (7:00/24:00)
ph. +382 69 081 907
email: meritsplendid.pr@meritcasinos.com
www.meritcasinos.com

Superior Single or Double room B&B (with Mountain View) 98 € per room, per night (city tax + insurance 1,50 € per person/per night)

Superior Single or Double room B&B (with Sea View) 108 € per room, per night (city tax + insurance 1,50 € per person/per night)

Premium room B&B (Upper Floors with Sea View) 118 € per room, per night (city tax + insurance 1,50 € per person/per night)
Rack Rates are in € and inclusive of Breakfast and VAT
An additional fee of 1,50 € per person/per night will be charged for each reservation regarding the city tax +insurance


During the Championship, we will offer our guests the special offers:
LUNCH/DINNER in the hotel restaurant 10 €/course
UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGE (coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, beer) in the tournament venue 12 €/day

Additional discounts:
50% on extra food & beverage in tournament area 30% in Spa

ROUTE
HOTEL SPLENDID Conference & Spa Resort is a 5 stars luxury facility located in Becici, a place within walking distance of Budva, the popular touristical destination of Montenegro, on the enchanted coast of Adriatic. Budva coast is 21 km long with 17 beaches. It is among the most beautiful coasts in the world and its beauty will not leave you indifferent. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represent a treasure chest of culture heritage. Budva is a most visit place in Montenegro, not only for modern tourism, but to discover history and tradition.

Air temperature in April is + 14/22° C.

The airport transfers of our guests from Podgorica Airport (60 min) and Tivat Airport (30 min) will be complimentarily arranged by MERIT CASINO ROYAL SPLENDID.

PROGRAM

Monday, April 8Tuesday, April 9Wednesday, April 10Thursday, April 11Friday, April 12
12:00 WBGF World Team Championship “WTC” registration
13:00 WTC Swiss Groups 1st round
15:30 WTC Swiss Groups 2nd round
18:00 WTC Swiss Groups 3rd round
19:30 Break for dinner
21:30 WTC Swiss Groups 4th round
All day Main categories registration
13:00 WTC Swiss Groups 5th round
15:30 WTC Swiss Groups 6th round
18:00 WTC Swiss Groups 7th round
19:30 Break for dinner
21:30 WTC Playoffs (if needed) & Semi-Finals
23:00 Public draw for 869BG Warm-up
All day Main categories registration; Quarter entries
12:30 WTC Finals & 3rd/4th Duel
13:00 Start of play Jackpots, Speedgammon and One Point Matches
15:00 Start of play 869BG Warm-up (free of charge – guaranteed seats only for players who are registered to a main category on Tuesday)
19:30 Break for dinner
21:30 Welcome cocktail at Hotel Splendid
22:30 Last registration
23:00 Public draw for Main Categories
14:00 Start of play Main Tournament both division at Hotel Splendid
18:00 start of Second Chance bracket matches
19:00 Break for dinner
21:00 Play continues
13:00 All activities continue at Hotel Splendid
19:00 Break for dinner
21:00 Public draw and start of MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles
Saturday, April 13Sunday, April 14
13:00 All activities continue at Hotel Splendid
17:00 Start of Ladies Tournament
19:00 Break for dinner
21:00 Start of MERIT International Super-Jackpot
12:00 Start of Last Chance Tournament; all activities continue
14:00 Start of Finals
16:00 End of Jackpots
21:30 MERIT International Farewell Gala and Awarding ceremony at Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa Resort

 

The organization reserves the right to change the program in any of its parts.
Changes will be announced in advance and posted on the Notice Board.
The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

IMPORTANT NOTES

WBGF Tournament rules set will be the main guideline of the rules applied and any additional rules will be posted on the Notice Board prior to the start of the whole event.
Detailed information about WBGF 2019 World Team Championship are available at the link:
http://www.wbfturkey.org/etkinlik/montenegro2019/Teams_Regulations.pdf
Tournament director keeps the right to oblige the usage of clocks in any round of any category.
The draw is manual (not computerized), public and random.
The Tournament matches take precedence over all other forms of play.
Only cash payment is accepted.
The Tournament Committee reserves the right to refuse application to play and/or forbid admittance without giving any reason since the Tournament is by WBF invitation only.
Should a player wish to leave the playing area during the Tournament, he/she must inform the Tournament Director.
Failure to do so may results in penalty points being given.
The daily break for dinner is between 19:00 and 21:00.
No smoking in the main playing room.
The Tournament will be played on professional tournament boards.
The boards are regularly cleaned and disinfected before every tournament.
Dice Service is provided by WBF.
869BG Warm-up has guaranteed seats only for players who complete their registration to a main (Master or Intermediate) category on Tuesday 9th April, 2019.
No admittance without proper dress.
The organization reserves the right to change the program in any of its parts. Changes will be announced in advance and posted on the Notice Board.
The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.
Admission to Casino with photo id card only.
Only persons with legal age may enter the Casino (18 or older)
We thank ELITE BG CLUB TURKEY for all the support & our partner WBGF

PAST WINNERS MASTER CATEGORY since 2016
2018 – Götz Hildsberg (Germany)
2017 – Tilman Söhnchen (Germany)
2016 – Steen Grønbech (Denmark)
PAST WINNERS Intermediate CATEGORY since 2016
2018 – Douglas Vange Andersson (Sweden)
2017 – Damjan Plesec (Slovenia)
2016 – Damjan Plesec (Slovenia)
DOUBLES since 2016
2018 – Rainer Witt | Germany / Volker Sonnabend | Germany
2017 – Chris Rogers | UK / Eric McAlpine | UK
2016 – Nodari Gagua | Georgia/Russia / Kakhaber Natchkebia | Georgia