The Winchester Open 2018

Stage 9 of the UKBGF Tour

Photo: King Alfred

Format and Schedule


Saturday will be a 5 round Swiss qualifying tournament of 7 point matches with the top 16 players qualifying for the finals on Sunday. Anyone who wins 5 or 4 matches will automatically qualify, those who win 3 will go into a 1-pt playoff to fill up the main knockout to 16 places.

The remaining forty-eight players will qualify for the consolation tournament. This will be seeded so that players with three wins from day one get a first round bye, and players with two wins will be kept apart as far as possible.

Beginners will have a separate Swiss tournament on the Saturday.

The Main finals will be 11 point matches and the Consolation will be 5 point matches.

If you are unlucky enough to be knocked out early in the finals then there is a Last Chance of 3 point matches starting at approximately 12pm (late enough for all first round matches to complete).

Optional prize pools will be available for the Main, Consolation and Last Chance. Pool money will be split 2/3 to winner of pool, 1/3 to runner up. (see 'Entry Fees & Pools' section)

There will be cash prizes for the winners and runners up in the Main, Consolation and Last Chance - values will be posted on the day. Trophies also for the winners.

We are organising a table at a nearby curry house for the evening (not included in the fees) - let us know if you'd like to join in. Subject to confirmation, there will also be informal games over drinks afterwards.


Round times after the first each day are approximate.


  • 9.30 - 11.00 Registration
  • 11.00 Swiss round 1 begins
  • 12.30 Beginners' Swiss begins
  • 12.30 Swiss round 2 begins
  • 2.00 Swiss round 3 begins
  • 3.30 Swiss round 4 begins
  • 5.00 Swiss round 5 begins
  • 7.30 Curry - optional! (Not included in fees)


  • 9.45 Draws for Main and Consolation
  • 10.00 Play begins
  • 11.00 Consolation round 2
  • 12.00 Main round 2; Consolation round 3.
  • 12.15 Last Chance begins
  • 13.00 Consolation round 4
  • 14.00 Main round 3; Consolation round 5
  • 15.00 Consolation FINAL
  • 16.00 Main FINAL begins
  • 18.00 Prize-giving and close