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Topic: New Tournament policy
21:08 PDT
New Tournament policy

In case anyone missed it, Zooescape has new tournament rules:

"Start off your New Year with our 100th Backgammon Tournament! It begins 01-Jan-2018.

Beginning with this Tournament, there are some new procedures that will help speed up tournaments! They are as follows:

-Any game that times out results in disqualification of all games for that player for that round.

-A player having more than one (1) postponement of games during a round results in disqualification of all games for that player for that round.

-Disqualified games are still active and affect the players' overall ratings.

-Each player moving on to the next round is automatically confirmed for the next round. A player may withdraw prior to the start date of the next round. "

Limiting players to one vacation per round prevents egregious stalling but someone can still do a decent amount of damage with one well-timed 30 day vacation. And of course nothing is stopping someone from taking the full 3 days every time, as long as they take care not to time out, which I believe players who intentionally stall in tournaments often do...

But these rules can only help the situation, and ZE also eliminated the unfair scenarios where a player times out in games against one opponent but continues playing against the others, which is a nice thing they didn't emphasize in the announcement.

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