Entry to the Cotswolds Invitational Weekend is by pre-registration and pre-payment only. Please register for the Weekend first by emailing Dicky Biddle before booking your hotel room to ensure the Main Tournament is not full. Tournament registration priority will be given to those players wishing to stay two nights at the hotel. Please indicate in your registration email whether you wish to stay for one or two nights at the hotel.
Registration Entry Fee
Optional High-Roller Pool
Further optional pools available on request but only one optional pool can be entered in the Main.
All payments, including Optional High-Roller Pool monies to be made in advance by Bank Transfer. Contact Dicky Biddle for bank details. No cash will be collected for the Main Tournament on the day. Players wishing to use funds from their London League accounts to pay their registration, entry & pools may do so by indicating in their tournament registration email.
The following can be paid in cash during the weekend as appropriate:
Consolation Optional Pool Last Chance Optional Pool Friday Night Warm Up Optional Pool Saturday Night Doubles Optional Pool
£10 £10 £10 £10 per team
It is a player's responsibility to enter the optional pools. If you forget to enter and subsequently win the tournament, you have no-one to blame but yourself. No ifs, no buts, no sob-stories.
Prize Fund, Sponsored Prizes & Pool Payouts
Cotswold Invitational Main Winner Runner Up Semi-finalists
100% (of Prize Fund) 50% 30% 10% (each)
£640 (assumes 32 players) £320 £192 £64 (each)
The Winner of the Friday Night Warm Up will receive one year's free membership of the London Players' Backgammon League valued at £48 (with potential for a further £92 in League prizes). Non-transferable. Prize only available to Hotel Residents.
All pools will be split 70/30. 70% for highest finisher entered in pools, 30% for second highest placed finisher
Prize fund and the High-Roller Pool payouts by Bank Transfer
Friday Night Warm Up, Doubles, Consolation and Last Chance Pool Payouts paid in cash unless requested by Bank Transfer.
Local Cotswolds & Bristol Players
To qualify for free use of the facilities for Backgammon and Yoga, I need to sell a number of bedrooms per night so until this target is met, I must give priority to Hotel Residents for Tournament Registration. Local players not staying at the Bear will be placed on a Waiting List on a first come first served basis after paying a refundable £20 Registration fee. Once the bedroom target is achieved places will be offered to players on the Waiting List. In the right circumstances, Tournament capacity may be increased to accommodate as many players as possible. See Backgammon FAQs.
If no place is offered to you the fee is fully refundable. You can withdraw yourself from the Waiting List at anytime and receive a full refund. If you are offered a place in the Tournament and don't take it up or subsequently withdraw the fee is non-refundable unless a suitable replacement player can be found.