Brief introduction to the EBIF and its Requirements and Tournament Rules
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The three basic requirements for each Nation participating in the EBIF are:
1) All matches played are at least to 7 points
2) Electronic match files should be submitted for every match played
3) It is the responsibility of each participating Nation to manage and maintain its database and dropbox (match files) on the website, inputting scores, modifying tables and ranking lists as appropriate. Scheduling of matches is similarly the responsibility of the participating Nations.
Languages:These webpages will soon be available in English, Russian, Turkish, French, German and Spanish.
EBIF Background: The European Backgammon Internet Federation (EBIF) is an internet based organisation which provides a framework to participating Nations to organise and manage online National Championship backgammon tournaments. An open source database is adopted which is managed individually by each participating Nation. Both Austria and Switzerland have organised National Championships through the EBIF, and other countries are expected to participate soon.
In addition to National Championships, the EBIF will also host and organise (with the assistance of participating Nations) the following European international events:
·        EBIF European Nations Team Tournament
·        European Champions Cup (for National Champions)
·        EBIF League (for first, second and third places in the National Championships)
·        Open tournaments for participants from all European Countries registered with the EBIF
The EBIF (with the assistance of the participating Nations) will provide and maintain a database of both Elo-based ratings and error-rate based performance ratings for all players participating in EBIF events.
EBIF Tournaments Format:  Generally, tournaments will be of the round robin format, typically with the participants  playing each other once or twice depending on the specific tournament requirements. Matches will be played to at least 7 points. The round robin tournaments are of no fixed schedule and are therefore very flexible for the participants who are required to arrange and schedule their own matches at mutually convenient times and dates with their opponents (allowing flexibility for different time zones if appropriate). On average, players will play one match per week over the duration of the tournament.
EBIF Registration: Registration is free but is managed by the participating National Federations/Associations. The applicant must provide the following data: First and Last Names, email address, preferred Backgammon Server (e.g., GridGammon, FIBS, etc.), Nickname on Server, and Nationality. Only Nicknames and email addresses will be visible on the EBIF website. Successful applicants will receive registration numbers. Only Servers which allow the electronic saving of matchfiles will be used for EBIF events. Each individual EBIF event will be held on one particular Server. It should be noted that the EBIF website is not a Backgammon Server.
The tournament draw sheets and results tables are available on the website on the “Tournaments Page”.
In addition to the annual titles of National Champion, European Champions Cup Winner, and EBIF League Winner, it is anticipated that in the future Mastership titles will be awarded for high achieving players in the following categories:
·        Candidate Master (CM)
·        International Master (IM)
·        Grandmaster (GM)

EBIF Tournament Rules:

The overriding responsibility of the Tournament Director, or “TD”, is to provide a venue that is as fair and enjoyable as possible to all.  To that end, the TD is responsible to ensure that these Rules and Guidelines will be followed as much as possible unless he determines that an exception should be made in order to maintain the overriding principle of fair play.  When there is a doubt or question as to the application of a rule, a general approach is to tend to rule against the player who has, either intentionally or unintentionally, initiated an action that created the question or conflict in the first place. 
 The "TD" can nominate Tournament Assistens "TA" for managing the tourney.

      2. Matches are played in accordance with the generally accepted international rules of backgammon (with Doubling Cube), as augmented by specific EBIF Rules given in this section.

3. For each tournament, a tournament director is appointed, who is responsible for the overall management of the tournament and the scheduling of the matches.

4. The tournament matches will be played on a specific single Backgammon Server, which facilitates the electronic recording of matches. If a Server disconnection occurs, matches must be resumed within 15 minutes, if not the Tournament Director must be notified, who will then reschedule the resumption. If the match played with time control and a player loses on time, then the result is final. In all cases, the players themselves are responsible for the solution of problems and disputes in discussion with the tournament director.

5. Players are required to report  the results of their matches. Moreover, they must save their matches when completed, sending the match files to the email address specified in the "Report Result" screen of the website. (eg.

6.Where matches have been completed but neither play is able to save the file, then the match is not considered valid and must be replayed. If at least the last game is saved the matchresult is valid, but without PR and without experience points.

7. All players are required to report changes of email address to

8. A player may not use any help during the match (i.e., books, tables, notepads, calculators, spread sheets, bot analysis tools or human consultation, etc.). Players violating this rule will be permanently blocked from EBIF tournaments and los all their titles and ratings. The Backgammon Server will also be notified. The tournament ruling committee will endorse such decisions.

9. The time limit for a tournament will be set by the Tournament Director.

Participants in tournaments (all players/team members and Tournament Directors shall treat all other participants with courtesy and proper respect. If players have differences of opinion then they should try to resolve them by personal individual conversation in the first instance,
always avoiding public shouts or discussions within match kibitz windows.

11. In the spirit of openness and mutual respect, all matches must be played openly. They should not be played as “private matches”. Moreover, all other participants in the tournament shall be allowed to watch all the tournament matches. Consequently, during tournament matches there shall be
no “blinding” or “gagging” of other participants.

12. In general, participants in tournaments are expected to act politely and fairly at all times, giving proper consideration for their opponents (e.g., no complaining of bad luck, no unnecessary computer
disconnections). Significant transgressions will be penalised appropriately.

Players should always confirm agreed dates and times of matches by exchange of emails, copying in their respective Captains so they are also aware. Postponement of scheduled matches should be avoided wherever possible, but when necessary all interested parties should be notified immediately by emais. Players should ensure that they are available to play at the agreed scheduled time. If a player does not arrive within 30 minutes, the TD should be notified and the match should be rescheduled (unless both players agree to play).  Regardless of whether the match starts or not soon after the scheduled time, the late arrival (more than 30min) or non-arrival will be considered a transgression - he/she will be normally be issued with a “yellow card” warning. One further similar transgression will result in a “red card” one point deduction from the score of the player/team. After the penalty has been made, the player’s count-back of previous transgressions is zeroed.

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