Every player plays 11-point matches against the three opponents in their group.
*In the Mains Finals, Player A plays Player F; Player B plays player E. In the Consolation Finals, Player C plays Player H; Player D plays Player G.
The Cotswolds Invitational is capped at 32 players and replicates the Football and Rugby World Cups with two stages: a Group Stage and a Final Stage.
Saturday will be the Group Stage. There will be 8 Groups (A-H) of four players. Each Group of 4 players, sat on the same long table, will play a Round Robin. Each player will play three x 11-point matches in total throughout the day. Each match win is worth one Group Point. There are no Group Points for losing a match.
The top two players in each Group will enter the seeded* draw for Sunday’s Main Final Stage.
The bottom two players in each Group will enter the seeded* draw for Sunday’s Consolation Final Stage
If players are tied on Group Points, head to head Group Stage results are used to decide the winner. Match scores will not come into play. If three players are tied on Group points, they will play in a one-point play-off to decide the winner.
The 1 Pt Play-Off: All three players roll four dice, the two highest rollers play a one-point match. The winner of this one-point match stays on to play the other player and so on. The first player to win two one-point matches in a row finishes as the top player of the three. The remaining two players play a one-pointer to see who finishes second.
Finals Stage - Main and Consolation
On Sunday, the seeded draw in the 16-player Main Final Stage mean that first placed finishers in Saturday's Groups will play second placed finishers in a different Group. This will be a straight 11-point Knock Out of four rounds.
Likewise, third-placed finishers in Saturday's Groups will play fourth placed finishers in different Groups in the 16-player Consolation Final Stage. This will be a straight 9-point Knock Out of four rounds.
Main 11-points, Consolation 9-points
The first round losers in Sundays Final Stages & Consolation will play in the 16-player 5-point Last Chance Knock Out. 8 players from the Main and 8 players from the Consolation will be drawn against each other.
Players knocked out of the later rounds of the Main and Consolation Final Stages will not be allowed to enter the Last Chance but Mini-Jackpots will be run throughout the afternoon according to demand.
Clock Preference rules apply. That is a player may insist that the match is played using a game clock (provided that one is readily available).
The two players in the last match to finish in each round may be put on the clock in the following round by the Tournament Director, Dicky Biddle. This has the general effect of keeping play moving throughout the tournament and less waiting time for everyone.
Don't panic if you have never used a clock before. It is easy and you have plenty of time to practice between now and then. You are welcome to borrow my clock at any Fulham, BucksGammon or North London events.
Format subject to change should actual number of players differ from expectations