A. STRUCTURE

Qualifying Phase.

(a) Entrants will be randomly split into groups of four.

(b) Round One will have two games in each group: Player A v Player B, Player C v Player D. Winners progress to Phase One.

(c) The defeated players in the first game will play-off against each other. The winners progress to the Phase One.

(d) One additional player will be selected from those who were defeated in both Qualifying games. This will be based upon total SCs held at the end of both games.

- In the event of a tie, the number of SCs held at the end of the second First Phase game will be used.

- In the event of another tie, I will compare the last game year of the shortest of the second games with the same year of each second game of the players tied (eg, if one game finished in 1912 and another in 1913, games will be compared in 1912).

- In the event of a tie, I will work backwards through each game from the year used in the tie-breaker above comparing years.

- In the event of no tie being broken, a coin will be tossed.

Phase One.

(a) The 16 players will play each other. Players will not play anyone from their Qualifying Group, but the draw will be random apart from that.

(b)[i] Winners will play each other. WG1 v WG4; WG2 v WG3; WG5 v WG8; WG6 v WG7. Players who win two games will progress to Phase Two.

(b)[ii] Defeated players will play each other. DG1 v DG2; DG3 v DG7; DG4 v DG6; DG5 v DG8. Winners will progress to next round in Phase One, defeated are eliminated.

(c) The players who lost a W game will play a player who won a D game; winners progress to Phase Two.

Phase Two

A repeat of the Phase One, so that four players progress. Initial games will be a random draw.

Semi-finals

In the Semi-finals, players will play two concurrent games playing both sides following a random draw. If one player wins both s/he will qualify for the Final. If the games are shared, two more will be played, until one player has a lead of two clear games.

Final

In the Final, players will play two concurrent games playing both sides. If one player wins both s/he will be declared the Champion. If the games are shared, two more will be played, until one player has a lead of two clear games.