Start Time

3:00 pm

Monday, November 7, 2022

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End Time

7:00 pm

Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Address

Merit Park Hotel & Casino | Girne - North Cyprus KKTC

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The WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation

is proud to present the

9th MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

Added Money Prize 25.000 €

MERIT PARK HOTEL & CASINO – NORTH CYPRUS

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Tuesday 8th – Sunday 13th November, 2022

Main event

Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th November, 2022

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Registration starts on Monday 7th November, 2022

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Ion Ressu Memorial Doubles

Friday 11th November, 2022

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Mega Jackpot, Super Jackpot & Ladies Tournament

Saturday 12th November, 2022

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BMAB, 869BG Warm-up, Speedgammon, Super-Speedgammon,

Jackpots & One Point Matches

starts on Tuesday 8th November, 2022

 

                                            

 

 

INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

The 9th MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP (added prize money 25.000 €) is scheduled at the Merit Park Hotel & Casino in Kyrenia / Girne (Northern Cyprus) from 8 to 13 November 2022 (registrations start on 7, Warm-up on 8 and Main Tournament on 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13th November, 2022).
November has been MERIT TIME for nine years: this tournament has created a new standard in the world of Backgammon. It is a kind of Wimbledon: no other tournament has the power to attract so many players from all over the world.
This event is a MERIT-WBF partnership and is organized and directed by Marco Fornasir and Arda Findikoglu under the aegis of WBF Worldwide Backgammon Federation. The tournament has an added prize of € 25,000 offered by MERIT and has scheduled an entire week dedicated to Backgammon, with 13 different activities, including the WetGammon tournament, the only underwater tournament in the world.
In addition, the MERIT OPEN is famous for offering, during the days of the tournament, a complimentary buffet with sweet and savory food and all kinds of drinks. This is one of the musts that characterizes this tournament.

Hope you can join us for this exciting event in North Cyprus!
Don’t miss this great event!

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
To be announced at the Tournament
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Marco Fornasir – WBF General Secretary
Arda Findikoglu – President WBF Turkiye

sanctioned by the WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation
The WBF sanction is guarantee of transparency and fairness since 1986

INFO
Marco Fornasir – Worldwide Backgammon Federation
mob. +39 337 303804 – ph. & fax +39 0331 923537 – email info@wbf.net
Facebook page:MERIT INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Double elimination with Main, Progressive Second Chance and Last Chance

The final of the Master category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 17 points. If the winner of the Second Chance wins, another match will be played at 9 points.

The final of the Intermediate category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 13 points. If the winner of the Second Chance wins, another match will be played at 7 points.

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 9 points – progressive second chance 7 points + last chance 5 points)
100 € + registration 100 € / 80 €

Doubles (match length 7 points)
400 € per team + registration 80 €

Mega Jackpot (match length 13 points)
1.840 € + registration 160 €

Super-Jackpot (match length 11 points)
920 € + registration 80 €

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

Ladies Tournament (match length 7 points)
60 € + registration 10 €

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

REGISTRATION-FEES
Including free food and beverages in the playing hall
Tuesday welcome cocktail
Special design trophies for prize winners
Sunday MERIT Farewell Gala & Awarding Ceremony

2022 WBF SUPPORTERS 80 €
2022 ELITE-TR MEMBERS 80 €
First 16 registered BMAB Grandmasters 80 €
OPEN 100 €

MEGA JACKPOT 160 €
SUPER JACKPOT 80 €

DOUBLES 80 € per team
SPEEDGAMMON & SUPERSPEEDGAMMON 10 €
LADIES TOURNAMENT 10 €
PRESIDENT’S CUP – ONE POINT MATCH 1,5 €

The 2022/23 WBF GOLDEN CARD will be available at the tournament desk

PRIZES

100% of entry fees will be returned as money prize

MERIT PARK HOTEL & CASINO will donate an added value of 25.000 € into the prize pool & the sum will be distributed as follows:

Masters category titles
(total added value distribution 17.000 €)

Main: Winner 35%
Finalist 16%
3rd classified 8%
4th/5th classified 4% each
6th/7th/8th/9th classified 2% each
10th/11th/12th/13th/14th/15th/16th classified 1% each
Undefeated bracket Winner bonus 5%
Undefeated bracket Finalist bonus 2%
Undefeated bracket Semi-finalists bonus 1% each

Last Chance: Winner 5%
Finalist 2%
Semi-Finalists 1% each

Intermediates category titles
(total added value distribution 3.000 €)

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 5,5%
Finalist 2,5%

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

869BG Warm-up
MERIT PARK HOTEL & CASINO offers a complimentary “Double Stay of 6 nights” in North Cyprus 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 PARK HOTEL & CASINO to the winners in the two categories, including Ladies Prize, Mega Jackpot, Super Jackpot, Ion Ressu Memorial Doubles, SpeedGammon, SuperSpeedGammon, Ladies Tournament, WetGammon, 869BG Warm-up and President’s Cup – One Point Matches.

The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

RECCOMENDED ACCOMMODATION

SPECIAL RATES FOR BACKGAMMON PLAYERS:
We recommend MERIT PARK HOTEL & CASINO, where the tournament action will take place.
It is preferable to book in advance, mentioning the password Backgammon

Rates (Ultra All Inclusive) mentioned below are valid valid only  for reservations made directly to MERIT PARK Reservation Department (email: mp.reservation@merithotels.com).

Our special rates are not valid for reservations made through travel agencies.

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

MERIT PARK HOTEL CASINO *****
Kervansaray Mevkii, Karaoglanoglu GIRNE/Kyrenia
KKTC North Cyprus
+90 392 6502500
Backgammon PR: mob. +90 533 8395919
email: backgammon@meritcasinos.com
www. merithotels.comwww.meritcasinos.com
Facebook: Merit Backgammon Tournament
https://www.facebook.com/MeritBackgammonTournament

Single room 130,00 € (ultra all inclusive) per room, per night
Double room 170,00 € (ultra all inclusive) per room, per night
Triple room 230,00 € (ultra all inclusive) per room, per night

Special “Ultra All Inclusive” rates above include: open buffet breakfast + lunch + dinner + all soft & alcoholic drinks Rack Rates are in euro and inclusive of VAT

ROUTE
Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
You can fly to Nicosia/Lefkosa Airport (by car 50 km to Girne) or to Larnaca Airport (by car 90 km to Girne).
The transfers directly from the airports (Nicosia & Larnaca) are free-of-charge, courtesy of MERIT PARK HOTEL & CASINO.
Girne/Kyrenia is an enchanted town on the North Cyprus.
Average air temperature (subtropical climate) in October/November is 14°/24°.
The average temperature of the sea is 25,5°.

PROGRAM

Monday, November 7
All Day Registration at MERIT PARK HOTEL
23:00
Public draw for 869BG Warm-up
Tuesday, November 8
All Day Registration at MERIT PARK HOTEL;
Quarter entries
13:00
7th BMAB-Middle East Tournament (bgmastersab.com/bmabme7.html)
14:00
Start of play 869BG Warm-up
(free of charge – Guaranted seats only for players who are registered to a main category on Monday)
15:00
Start of Mini Jackpots, SpeeGammon, SuperSpeedGammon and 1-Pointers
19:00
Dinner Break
21:00
Welcome Cocktail at MERIT PARK HOTEL
22:00
Last registration
24:00
Public draw for Main Categories
Wednesday, November 9
14:00
Start of Main Categories at MERIT PARK HOTEL
19:00
Dinner Break
21:00
Gameplay continues
Thursday, November 10
13:00
Start of Second Chance Bracket matches; all activities continue
19:00
Dinner break
21:00
Gameplay continues
23:00
Public Draw for Ion Ressu Memorial Doubles
Friday, November 11
13:00
All activities continue at MERIT PARK HOTEL
15:00
Start of play Ion Ressu Memorial Doubles
19:00
Dinner break
21:00
Gameplay continues
23:00
Public draw for MERIT Mega Jackpot & Ladies Tournament
Saturday, November 12
13:00
Start of play MERIT Mega Jackpot & Ladies Tournament;
all activities continue
15:30
Public draw & start of play MERIT Super Jackpot
18:30
Masayuki Mochy Mochizuki Quiz
19:00
Dinner break
21:00
Gameplay continues
Sunday, November 13
12:00
Start of Last Chance Bracket matches;
all activities continue
14:00
Start of Finals
14:30
End of Mini Jackpots
21:30
MERIT Farewell Gala and Awarding Ceremony at MERIT PARK HOTEL

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
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
MASTER PAST WINNERS
MASTER DOUBLES PAST WINNERS
CHAMPION PAST WINNERS
CHAMPION DOUBLES PAST WINNERS
INTERMEDIATE PAST WINNERS
BEGINNER PAST WINNERS