Backgammon Finnish open 2018 invitation

44th Backgammon Finnish open will be played in May 2018 in the capital of Finland, Helsinki! Players can choose to participate in a warm-up tournament, three main flights, last chance- tournament and smaller and bigger jackpots! Warm-up tournament will be played on Friday at downtown Helsinki in gastropub Stone’s and the main tournament will be played by the seaside in Hakaniemi, Helsinki in a conference room of hotel Scandic Paasi and in restaurant Graniittilinna. Welcome!


Friday – Sunday 18.-20.5.2018


Date Venue
Friday 18.5.2018 Gastropub Stone´s (Keskuskatu 4 Helsinki)
Saturday 19.5.2018 Hotel Scandic Paasi conference room Siltasaari (Paasivuorenkatu 5 A Helsinki)
Sunday 20.5.2018 Restaurant Graniittilinna (Säästöpankinranta 6 Helsinki)

Flights and fees

Flight Fees
Warm-up 50€ (+100€ optional sidepool)
Champion 400€ (360€ + 40€ registration fee*) (+200€ optional sidepool)
Intermediate 150€ (120€ + 30€ registration fee*) (+50€ optional sidepool)
Novice 40€ (20€ + 20€ registration fee*)
Last chance 30€
Superjackpot 500€ (475€ + 25€ registration fee)
Jackpots 10€ / 30€ / 50€ (inc. 0% – 10% registration fee)

Champion and intermediate flights limited to 32 players.

Only cash accepted.

  • The participants in the champion, intermediate and novice flights will receive a 20€ food/drink voucher to restaurant Juttutupa, one of the oldest restaurants in Helsinki, which is located right next to the playing venues!


 Friday 18.5.2018 (gastropub Stone´s, Keskuskatu 4, Helsinki)

A warm-up tournament will be played on Friday at Gastropub Stone´s.

17.00 – 18.00 Registration for the warm-up tournament
18.00 Games begin
03.00 Closing time

Saturday 19.5.2018 (hotel Scandic Paasi, conference room Siltasaari, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki)

The playing venue for Saturday is the conference room Siltasaari in the hotel Scandic Paasi. The conference room is 160 m2 in size and has served as a movie theater for silent film in the 1920s and after that a poolroom for 50 years.

11.00 – 12.30 Registration for champion intermediate and novice flights and for the superjackpot and jackpots*
12.30 – 13.00 Draw and opening speech
13.00 Games begin
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner break
21.00 – 02.00 Games continue

* registration for the 4 player jackpots is open throughout the day and the jackpots run constantly.

Only superjackpot is limited to 8 players and the registration closes when that is achieved.

Sunday 20.5.2018 (restaurant Graniittilinna, Säästöpankinranta 6, Helsinki)

The playing venue for Sunday is the restaurant Graniittilinna in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. Restaurant is closed for public that day and is reserved solely to backgammon Finnish open! Privacy is guaranteed and restaurant services can be found from the neighboring restaurant Juttutupa or from several other restaurants within walking distance.

12.00 Doors open
12.00 – 13.00 Registration for the last chance tournament
12.30 Semifinals for champion and intermediate flights begin
13.00 Last chance begins
16.30 Finals begin

Prize giving ceremony after the finals

The organizer reserves the right to make adjustments to the schedule, but they will be announced well beforehand.

Please inform the tournament director if you leave the playing area for more than 15 minutes, thank you.

Prize distribution

Flight Prizes
Warm-up winner 70% runner-up 30%
Champion and intermediate 1. 45% 2. 30% 3. 15% 4. 10%
Novice winner 70% runner-up 30% (can be adjusted according to the number of participants)
Last chance winner 70% runner-up 30%
Superjackpot winner 100%
Jackpots winner 100%
Optional sidepools winner 100%

Formats and match lengths:

Flight Format
Warm-up straight cup match length will be decided according to the number of participants
Champion double elimination matches to 11/7 points semifinals to 13/9 points final to 15/(11) points Clock preference (2min / point + 12 sec. delay)
Intermediate double elimination matches to 11/7 points final to 13/(9) points Clock preference (2min / point + 12 sec. delay)
Novice double elimination / round robin format and match length will be decided according to the number of participants
Last chance straight cup matches to 5 points
Superjackpot straight cup matches to 11 points
4 player jackpots straight cup matches to 7 points

The organizer has the right to place a clock to any match at any given time.

Accomodation and arrival to the playing venues in Hakaniemi, Helsinki

Hotel Scandic Paasi (Paasivuorenkatu 5 B, Helsinki) is the most convenient place to stay, but there are other hotels nearby and Hakaniemi is close to the center of Helsinki and can be accessed by metro, by bus and by tram numbers 3,6 and 9.

The playing venue on Saturday is the conference room Siltasaari in hotel Scandic Paasi which can be accessed also through restaurant Juttutupa.

Restaurant Graniittilinna, the playing venue on Sunday is also part of the same large building complex and can also be accessed through restaurant Juttutupa (the address for both is Säästöpankinranta 6, Helsinki).


Tournament rules of the European backgammon federation apply.

Tournament jury will be announced in the opening speech.

Please bring your own board and clock!

Please announce your arrival and which flight you wish to attend (champion/intermediate/novice), and if you are going to take part in the warm-up tournament and/or superjackpot, via e-mail to address:

The announcement is not binding.

If you have questions or comments about the tournament, please send e-mail to the aforementioned address.

Note that on Saturday and Sunday 18.-19.5.2018 Helsinki city marathon and other minor running events will be held, which might affect the accommodation situation in the city.

Also note that Sunday 20.5.2018 is the Christian holiday of Pentecost, which might affect the public transportation.

Tournament organisation:                  Finnish Backgammon Federation

Tournament director:                          Simo Huovinen

Assistant director:                                Jyrki Kauppinen