Start Time

3:00 pm

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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End Time

6:00 pm

Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Address

Hotel Splendid | Budva Montenegro

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5th MERIT OPEN MONTENEGRO GRAND PRIX – INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

(added money prize 20.000 €)

29th March / 2nd April, 2023

Hotel Splendid | Budva

Montenegro

Directors: Marco Fornasir  | Arda Findikoglu

info: Marco Fornasir – info@wbf.net | Arda Findikoglu – afindikoglu@wbfturkey.com

access key Backgammon2023

 

 

INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

The 5th MERIT OPEN MONTENEGRO GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP (added prize money 20.000 €) is scheduled at the Hotel Splendid Conference & SPA Resort in Budva (Montenegro) from 29th March to 2nd April, 2023 (registrations Tuesday  28th and Wednesday 29th March, Main Tournament from 29th March to Sunday 2nd Aprile, 2023).

After a three-year break, the other MERIT tournament returns, the one in Budva. Budva is a jewel of the Montenegrin coast: the old city is fascinating with its Venetian architecture, the restaurants are all of excellent quality and nearby there are some beauties to visit, such as the peninsula of Sveti Stefan (historical name Santo Stefano) or the towns of Kotor (historical name Cattaro) and Perast (historical name Perasto). The beginning of spring returns to being MERIT TIME: the last tournament (2019)  brought together 320 players. And this year we hope to repeat that excellent result.

This event is also the result of the MERIT-WBF partnership and is organized and directed by Marco Fornasir and Arda Findikoglu under the aegis of WBF Worldwide Backgammon Federation. The tournament offers an added prize of € 20,000 offered by sponsor MERIT INTERNATIONAL – Casino Royal Splendid and features five days dedicated to Backgammon, with 10 different activities.

Furthermore, the MERIT MONTENEGRO GRAND PRIX offers the possibility of purchasing an Unlimited Daily Drink Package and Lunch and Dinner vauchers, as well as a series of discountsfor food & beverage in the tournament area and for the well-equipped hotel SPA.

Hope you can join us for this exciting event in Montenegro!

Don’t miss this great event!

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

To be announced at the the start of the tournament.

TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS

Marco Fornasir – WBF General Secretary
Arda Findikoglu –WBF-Turkiye President

sanctioned by the WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation

The WBF sanction is guarantee of transparency and fairness since 1986

INFORMATION

Marco Fornasir – Worldwide Backgammon Federation
mob. +39 337 303804 – ph.  +39 0331 923537
email info@wbf.net
Facebook page: MERIT INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
https://www.facebook.com/MeritBackgammonTournament
www.wbf.netwww.wbfturkey.com

Arda Findikoglu – WBF- Turkiye
mob. +90 532 2329228
email afindikoglu@wbfturkey.com
Facebook page: MERIT INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
https://www.facebook.com/MeritBackgammonTournament
www.wbf.netwww.wbfturkey.com

We thank ELITE BG CLUB TURKEY for all the support.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Double elimination with Main, Progressive Second Chance and Last Chance

The Grand Final of the Master category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 17 points.

The undefeated best four will receive a bonus.

The Grand Final of the Intermediate category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 15 points.

The undefeated best two will receive a bonus.

ENTRY-FEES

Master (Double elimination format: main 13 points – progressive second chance 9 points + last chance 5 points) 400 € + registration 100 € / 80 €

Quarter entry Master 125 €

Intermediate (Double elimination format: main 11 points – progressive second chance 7 points + last chance 5 points) 100 € + registration 100 € / 80 €

Super-Jackpot (match length 11 points) 460 € + registration 40 €

Doubles (match length 7 points) 320 € per team + registration 80 €

SpeedGammon (match length 5 points) 40 € + registration 10 €

Seniors Tournament (Age 50+ | match length 7 points) 50 € + registration 10 €

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

President’s Cup – One Point Match 8,5 € + registration 1,5 €

REGISTRATION FEES
Including Wednesday welcome cocktail
Special design trophies for prize winners
Sunday MERIT Farewell Gala & Awarding Ceremony

MASTER CATEGORY
2023 WBF SUPPORTERS 80 €
2023 ELITE-TR MEMBERS 80 €
OPEN 100 €

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY
2023 WBF SUPPORTERS 80 €
2023 ELITE-TR MEMBERS 80 €
OPEN 100 €

SUPER JACKPOT
40 €

DOUBLES
80 € per team

SPEEDGAMMON
10 €

SENIORS TOURNAMENT
10 €

LADIES TOURNAMENT
10 €

PRESIDENT’S CUP – ONE POINT MATCH
1,5 €

The 2023 WBF GOLDEN CARD will be available at the tournament desk

PRIZES

100% of entry fees will be returned as money prize MERIT INTERNATIONAL will donate an added value of 20.000 € into the prize pool & the sum will be distributed as follows:

Master
(total added value distribution 12.000 €)
Main: Winner 40%
Finalist 18%
3rd classified 9%
4th/5th classified 4,5% each
6th/7th/8th/9th classified 2% each
Undefeated bracket Winner bonus 5%
Undefeated bracket Finalist bonus 2%
Undefeated bracket Semi-finalists bonus 1% each

Last Chance: Winner 5%
Finalist 2%

Intermediate
(total added value distribution 3.000 €)
Main: Winner 44%
Finalist 20%
3rd classified 10%
4th/5th classified 5% each
Undefeated bracket Winner bonus 5%
Undefeated bracket Finalist bonus 2,5%

Last Chance: Winner 6%
Finalist 2,5%

Doubles
(total added value distribution 5.000 €)
Winner Team 50%
Finalist Team 25%
Semi-Finalists Teams 12,5% each

Super-Jackpot
Winner 70%
Finalist 30%

Seniors
Winner 50%
Finalist 25%
Semi-Finalists 12,5% each

Ladies
Winner 50%
Finalist 25%
Semi-Finalists 12,5% each

Speeedgammon
Winner 50%
Finalist 25%
Semi-Finalists 12,5% each

One Point Match – President’s Tournament
Winner 50%
Finalist 25%
Semi-Finalists 12,5% each

The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

SPECIAL RATES FOR BACKGAMMON PLAYERS:
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 to connect the link
http://www.montenegrostars.com/index.php/home-splendid
and book your room via this webpage mentioning the access key BACKGAMMON 2023


HOTEL SPLENDID Conference & SPA Resort*****
Becici b. b. | 85310 Budva
Montenegro

ph. +382 33 773777
MERIT Casino Royal Splendid PR: mob. +382 69 081907
email: msc.pr@meritnet.com
www.meritcasinos.com
Facebook: /Merit Backgammon Tournament

Single room Superior (Mountain View) 98,00 € per room, per night
Double room Superior (Mountain View) 104,00 € per room, per night
Single room Superior (Sea View) 118,00 € per room, per night
Double room Superior (Sea View) 124,00 € per room, per night
Single room Premium (Higher Floor Sea View) 138,00 € per room, per night
Double room Premium (Higher Floor Sea View) 144,00 € per room, per night

Rack Rates are in Euro and inclusive of Breakfast and VAT.

An additional fee of 1,50 € per person/per night is charged for each reservation regarding the city tax + insurance.

During the Backgammon tournament, we will offer our guests the special offers:
Unlimited Drink Daily Package – 14 € daily (water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer)
Lunch/Dinner voucher – 14 € per person/per meal
Additional discounts – 50% on extra food & beverage in Backgammon tournament area (Floor III); 30% in SPA

For further assistance please contact Arda Findikoglu
email: afindikoglu@wbfturkey.com
mob: +90 533 2352525
www.wbfturkey.com

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 Sea. 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 represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Budva is a must visit place in Montenegro, not only for modern tourism, but to discover history and tradition.

Airport transfers at set times from/to Podgorica airport (around 60 min.) and Tivat airport (around 30 min.) will be arranged complimentary for our guests by MERIT CASINO ROYAL SPLENDID.


PROGRAM

Tuesday, 28th March
All Day Registration at Hotel Splendid
Wednesday, 29th March
12:00 Registration at Hotel Splendid
Start of Quarter entries, Jackpots, Speedgammon, Seniors and One Point Match

18:30 Last registration

19:00 Welcome cocktail at Hotel Splendid and Dinner break

21:00 Public draw and start of Main categories

Thursday, 30th March
13:00 Start of Second Chance Bracket matches; all activities resume

19:00 Dinner break

21:00 Gameplay continues

Friday, 31st March
13:00 All activities resume

19:00 Dinner break

21:00 Start of MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles

Saturday, 1st April
13:00 Start of Ladies Tournament;
all activities resume

15:00 Start of MERIT International Super-Jackpot

19:00 Dinner break

21:00 Gameplay continues

Sunday, 2nd April
12:00 Start of Last Chance Bracket matches;
all activities resume

14:00 Start of Finals

15:30 Closing of Mini 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.

Trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

The jacket is recommended for the welcome cocktail and the award ceremony.

IMPORTANT NOTES

WBF 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.

The rule of legal moves is NOT valid in any category of the tournament.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to require the use of clocks in any round of any category.

The draw is manual (not computerized), public and random.

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 assigned.

The daily break for dinner is between 19:00 and 21:00.

Smoking is not permitted in the event venue other than in designated areas.

The tournament will be played on professional tournament boards. Our boards are regularly cleaned and disinfected before every tournament.

Dice Service is provided by WBF.

All players are expected to be dressed appropriately. The jacket is recommended for the welcome cocktail and the award ceremony.

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.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to request from any participant showing flu like symptoms either to wear a mask at all times in playing hall and/or to bring a negative PCR test result and/or to go into self isolation.

Admission to Casino with photo id card only.

Only persons with legal age may enter the Casino (18 or older)

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Master Winner
Bakar Matikashvili | Georgia

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Merit Royal Splendid Doubles
Dorel Leon / Eugen Lazar | Romania

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Intermediate Winner
Pernille Rosendal | Denmark

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Super-Jackpot 1 Winner
Ralf Jonas | Germany

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Super-Jackpot 2 Winner
Stéphane Cheneviere | France

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Ladies Tournament Winner
Laura Monaco | Italy

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Speedgammon Winner
Denis Polochkin | Russia

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Super-Speedgammon Winner
Ralf Jonas | Germany

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix 869BG Warm-up Winner
Karen Sarkisyan | Georgia

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix One Point Match Winner
Denis Polochkin | Russia

2019 4th MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Mochy’s Quiz Winner
Sebastian Wilkinson | UK

The complete list of past winners is available on wbf.net

PAST WINNERS MASTER
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Master Winner

2019 Bakar Matikashvili | Georgia
2018 Götz Hildsberg | Germany
2017 Tilman Söhnchen | Germany
2016 Steen Grønbech | Denmark

PAST WINNERS DOUBLES
MERIT Royal Splendid Doubles Winner

2019 Dorel Leon / Eugen Lazar | Romania
2018 Rainer Witt / Volker Sonnabend | Germany
2017 Chris Rogers / Eric McAlpine | UK
2016 Nodari Gagua / Kakhaber Natchkebia | Georgia

PAST WINNERS INTERMEDIATE
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Intermediate Winners

2019 Pernille Rosendal | Denmark
2018 Douglas Vange Andersson | Sweden
2017 Damjan Plesec | Slovenia
2016 Damjan Plesec | Slovenia

PAST WINNERS SUPER-JACKPOT
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Super-Jackpot Winners

2019 #1 Ralf Jonas | Germany
2019 #2 Stéphane Cheneviere | France
2018 Kimon Papachristopoulos | Germany
2017 Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki | Japan
2016 Armen Khachatryan | Armenia/Russia

PAST WINNERS LADIES TOURNAMENT
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Ladies Tournament Winners

2019 Laura Monaco | Italy
2018 Maya Peycheva | Bulgaria
2017 Eva Zizkova | Czech Republik
2016 Katalin Veszeli | Hungary

PAST WINNERS SPEEDGAMMON
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Speedgammon Winners

2019 Denis Polochkin | Russia
2018 Vancho Yanakievski | North Macedonia
2017 Paulus van Rooijen | The Netherlands
2016 Honza Cerny | Czech Republic

PAST WINNERS SUPER-SPEEDGAMMON
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix Super-Speedgammon Winners

2019 Ralf Jonas | Germany
2018 not assigned
2017 not assigned
2016 not assigned

PAST WINNERS 869BG WARM-UP
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix 869 BG Warm-up Winners

2019 Karen Sarkisyan | Georgia
2018 Volker Sonnabend | Germany
2017 Çumhur Bektüre | Turkey
2016 Sabri Büyüksoy | Turkey

PAST WINNERS ONE POINT MATCH
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix 869 One Point Match Winners

2019 Denis Polochkin | Russia
2018 Mislav Kovacic | Croatia
2017 Marian Manaila | Romania
2016 Marion “Bambi” de Bruin | Germany

PAST WINNERS MOCHY’S QUIZ
MERIT Open Montenegro Grand Prix 869 One Point Match Winners

2019 Denis Polochkin | Russia
2018 Mislav Kovacic | Croatia
2017 Marian Manaila | Romania
2016 Marion “Bambi” de Bruin | Germany