This year, 2 tournaments will be held in Malta which will take place on the 3rd – 6th of November. The event will take place in the days leading up to the huge annual Merit Open 2022 tournament in Cyprus. Cyprus can easily be reached with direct flights from Malta to Larnaca (with Emirates Airlines) on Monday the 7th of November – So if your already planning to attend Merit Open 2022, this is a great opportunity to warm up and extend the “backgammon holiday” with a quick trip to the mediterranean sunshine island of Malta.
Some info about the tournaments:
WBIF Live Event (3-6 November 2022)
A final event which is held every year. Last year, the event took place in beautiful Athens, where a total of €7,000 was awarded to the prize pool from the online qualifying events (see more info below).
To be able to participate in WBIF final, you must participate in one or more of the three online tournaments that take place on wbif.netand end up on the Top 40 Leaderboard which can be found here – The more matches you win in all the qualifiers, the better your chance is to qualify.
Each online tournament is a triple elimination format with matches to 13 points and must be played on Backgammonstudios Heroes server – If you choose to participate in all three online tournaments, you’ll have a total of 9 lives, which gives you a really good chance to end up in the Top 40 leaderboard – and thus qualify for the final event in Malta.
Here is an overview of the three online tournaments:
It costs €40 to participate in one online qualifier and €10 for WBIF annual membership (if you have not already paid for it). – It is up to each participant to choose whether they want to participate in all three qualifiers. You can start with just participating in the first one and see what happens. Maybe you are skilled (or have Lady Luck on your side) and win a lot of matches in the first qualifier… who knows?!(NOTE the first qualifier already starts on the 23 of January).
The prize distributions are as follows: The winners of each online tournament will receive €100. The winner of the Leaderboard will receive €200 + a free entry to the final event. (value €150) – Thomas Myhr won the 2021 Leaderboard, great job Thomas! Number 2 on the Leaderboard gets €100 + a free entry to the final event. (value €150) Number 3 on the Leaderboard gets a free entry to the final event (value €150) 10% of deposit will be registration fee to WBIF. The remaining part of the entrants from qualifiers will entirely go to the Final Event prize pool, which last year was over 7000€!
The participants who end up in the top 40 when all of the online qualifiers have been played have secured their seat at the finals. (For same day registration in Malta, an additional €150 (10% reg) will be charged to participate in the final. This amount will be added to the prize pool from the above qualifiers)
Malta Open is a completely separate tournament from the WBIF Live Event. To participate in Malta Open, you don’t need to participate in any online qualifier. Everyone can participate! (with the exception of the players who are still in WBIF after 8 rounds)
Malta Open will be a double elimination tournament, where 13 points will be played in the Main bracket and 9 points in the Fighters bracket. The top 4 from Main and Fighters will qualify for the quarterfinals where they will play again for 13 points, the semifinals for 15 points and the final for 17 points.
Participation in Malta Open costs €200 (€175 + €25 Registration fee) – and if you’d like to raise the stake, there’s an optional side pool for an additional €200.
The event will also offer side events such as Consultation Doubles tournament starting on Friday evening, Super JackpotSaturday evening, andSpeedGammon Sunday morning for those hungry for a quick win.