2020 Ruling Committee

Committee Members

  • Carol Joy Cole
  • Bill Riles
  • Dennis Culpepper
  • Frank Talbot
  • Jeb Horton

2020 Eligibility Consultants

  • Ben Friesen
  • Patrick Gibson
  • Neil Kazaross

Terms & Conditions

THE CHICAGO OPEN is by invitation only.

The Director reserves the right to refuse an entrant without giving any reason.

All fees paid onsite must be in cash.

Eligibility for all events is subject to approval.

All events at the Chicago Open will be played in accordance with the U.S. Backgammon Federation Tournament Rules .

The High Roller, BMAB, Markowitz Masters, Faster Master, Open Jackpot, and the Doubles Tournament will be “Clocks Required” events. All other events will be “Clocks Preferred.” The director may place a clock on any match that is unduly holding up the tournament.

Baffle Boxes may be used by either player upon request, but may not be forced upon ones' opponent.

Videotaping in the Open Division and Markowitz Masters is permissible by either player upon request. All matches in the High Roller may be recorded.

The Chicago Open is a USBGF Prime Tournament. $500 will be added to the 1-Point Quickie and $50 will be added to the Novice Division. To qualify for the added money a player must be a USBGF Member.

The number of places paid in any event is dependent upon the number of entrants and may be adjusted at the Director's discretion.

Please bring your own board and digital clock!!!