Tourneys

Information on upcoming tourneys and schedules of all regular tourneys.

These are regular tourneys played on TigerGammon

There is a first schedule of regular tourneys. This may as yet change to adjust to players tourney habits.

Wednesday Hump Day ------------- 1900 UTC -------- 3/5

Weekly 3/5 single elimination tourney.

Tourney Director: to be defined

Watch out for TourneyBot announcements. TB will tell you how to register, start of tournament and about your opponents.

Freaky Friday Tourney ------------- 1900 UTC -------- 3/5

Weekly 3/5 single elimination tourney.

Tourney Director: to be defined

Watch out for TourneyBot announcements. TB will tell you how to register, start of tournament and about your opponents.

Saturday Mixed Doubles ---------- 1900 UTC -------- 3/5

Weekly 3/5 single elimination tourney.

Tourney Director: to be defined

Watch out for TourneyBot announcements. TB will tell you how to register, start of tournament and about your opponents.

Sunday Mini Matches -------------- 1900 UTC -------- 2/2

Weekly 2/2 single elimination tourney.

Tourney Director: to be defined

Watch out for TourneyBot announcements. TB will tell you how to register, start of tournament and about your opponents.

What is TourneyBot? How to use it?

Short introduction to TourneyBot

TourneyBot is the name of a user that is (mostly) online on TigerGammon. It is not a human but a computer program that is made to help organize and run tourneys. TourneyBot does not play backgammon. But it shouts and tells.

TB (TourneyBot) shouts about upcoming tourneys, shouts when it is time to register, and shouts about the start of the tourney as well as ongoing finals.

TB tells each participant about his starting matches and opponents.

You may ask TB for information using the tell command. Read the short manual about that.

A short manual

In short, TB understands the following commands:

  • list [all|complete|started]
  • register [tourneyname | id]
  • unregister [tourneyname | id]
  • start [tourneyname | id]
  • tourney [tourneyname | id] round [number]

See the online manual for details.

What is '1900 UTC'? What are all these things?

Times and timezones

'1900 UTC' is 7 pm Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Why so complicated?

TigerGammon is an international server. That means that players live all over the world. To meet for a match or tourney, you have to agree on a point in time that is meaningful to both. To propose a time for a match that is convenient for a friend, you have to know which timezone he is living in.

Many probably don't know in which timezone they are living or how this zone is denoted generally. Pretty much known by all is the so called Coordinated Universal Time UTC; some refer to that timezone as GMT, the Greenwich Mean Time.

Timezone identifiers

To make it even more messy there are individual Daylight Saving Times in different countries. This way you'll get two different names for almost all timezones and not in a common pattern. So you have f.i. CET (Central European Time), and CEST (Central European Summer Time) or CEDT (Central European Daylight Time).

Therefore it is a good idea not to use those abbreviations, but denote a timezone by a combination of continent and capital city. Like you would say America/Detroit, for instance, to identify your timezone, given that you live somewhere reasonably close to Detroit. There is a long list of valid timezones where you may pick your appropriate timezone.

Timezones on TigerGammon

TigerGammon supports timezones with its command time. In two examples you may see how to display your time in, let's say New York City and of a friend in Switzerland; TigerGammons answers are shown here in italic.

time EST↵
Monday, February 17 05:18:46 EST ( Mon Feb 17 10:18:46 2014 UTC )
time Europe/Zurich↵
Monday, February 17 11:18:45 CET ( Mon Feb 17 10:18:45 2014 UTC )

In both cases you see the desired time and the associated universal time in parentheses.

It is a good idea to set your own timezone in the TigerGammon settings like this example for California shows:

set timezone America/Los_Angeles↵
save↵

This timezone is then used whenever there a times to be displayed or like when a matchfile has to be saved. If you don't configure this setting the default setting is UTC.

Frequently used timezones

On TigerGammon you'll meet mainly players that live in these timezones listed here. To keep it short there are no daylight saving time. These timezones can be used in TigerGammon commands just like denoted here.

  • CET
    Central European Time; used in France, Spain, Germany, Netherland, Norway, .....
  • WET
     
    West European Time; is equivalent to UTC and is used in Great Britain and in Portugal, mainly.
  • EST
    Eastern Standard Time; east coast of the USA. extends until close to Chicago.
  • CST6CDT
     
    Central Standard Time; that's the Mid West of the USA. Starts about in Chicago and extends to the Rockies.
  • MST
    Mountain Standard Time; the Rocky Mountains, roughly.
  • PST8PDT
    Pacific Standard Time; the west coast of the USA.
Types of tourneys

When classifying a tourney there are certain terms that will be explained here briefly.

3/5 or 2/2

The length of the matches in this tourney. The first number is the matchlength up to the semifinals, the second number is the matchlength of the finals.

Single elimination

That's the knockout mode of the tourney. When you lose a match you'll drop out of the tourney. Occasionally you'll find single elimination tourneys with a second round, the so called consolation. There players that dropped out of the main tourney may play for a secondary prize. But they won't be able to reenter the main tourney.

Double elimination

In these tourneys you are still in the game after having lost the first match. You will then play in a secondary bracket and meet opponents, that have dropped out of the main bracket in later rounds. Winner of the secondary bracket will meet the winner of the main bracket in what is called finals. This match may be repeated in case the winner of the main bracket loses. He will then get his second chance like all others have before.

Are you interested in becoming a Tourney Director (TD)? Ask Andreas or zbilbo about it. It is so easy and so much fun with the help of TourneyBot and http://tigergammon.challonge.com.