ACF Grand Prix: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs from Competitors

Q. How are GP points awarded?

A. In all cases, there are only a finite number of GP points available in each division per tournament. In the simple case of outright placing’s, the entire amount of points for that place are awarded as per the table below.

ACF GP Points table.

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5
Place 1 10 15 20 25 30
Place 2 6 10 15 20 25
Place 3 4 6 10 15 20
Place 4 3 4 6 10 15
Place 5 2 3 4 6 10
Place 6 1 2 3 4 6
Place 7 1 2 3 4
Place 8 1 2 3
Place 9 1 2
Place 10 1

In the event of equal placing’s, the points to be awarded are summed, and then averaged between all eligible competitors.

For example:

If we take the following case from a fictional Open Class 4 tournament, we can see there are several outright places, and several ties for places depending on eligibility, and performance.

Class 4 Tournament Placing
Name Rating Gender Junior Open U2000 U1600 Junior Womens
1 Bob 2397 male No 1
2 Harry 2523 male No 2
3 Tom 2425 male No 3
4 Mary 1898 Female No 4 1 1
5 Charles 2190 male Yes 5 1
6 Victor Unrated male No 5
7 Chris 2270 male Yes 5 1
8 Martin 1961 male Yes 5 2 1
9 Geoff 1562 male No 5 2 1
10 Jane 2115 Female No 5 2
11 Tim 2009 male No 5

Looking at the GP Class table we can see that for a Class 4 tournament the top 9 places in each division gain points.  All outright places are awarded the full amount as dictated in that table.  Where places are tied the points or all tied places are summed and averaged.

This is an Open event, meaning there are no divisions such as U2000, U1600 etc. Therefore all places in all divisions are determined from the overall placing’s.

In this example we have outright placing’s for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th followed by 7 people sharing equal 5th-11th place.  As such 1st place is awarded the full 25 points, 2nd is awarded 20, 3rd 15, and 4th 10.  However, 5th to 11th get the average of all the remaining points.  Therefore the points for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th are summed  6+4+3+2+1 = 16 and divided among the amount of eligible players; in this case 7.  This gives a final score of 16 / 7 = 2.29 each.  In this case, even though the GP points are only awarded to 9th place, places 10 and 11 are awarded points because they are on the same score.

The highest placed U2000 rated player came outright 4th, therefore they are outright 1st in that division and are awarded the full 25 points.  The remaining 2 U2000 players (one of whom is also U1600) fell in the 5th-11th bracket and thus came equal 2nd-3rd in the U2000 division.  If we apply the same principle then 20+15 = 35 points, 35 / 2 = 17.5 each.

Among the equal 5th-11th place getters was a lone U1600 player, this player is therefore outright 1st in the U1600 division scoring 25 points.  Note that Victor is unrated and therefore is not eligible for U2000 or U1600 points.

The top 3 juniors all placed in the 5th-11th bracket, therefore they are all equal 1st-3rd.  Applying the averaging calculation previously used we can see that 25+20+15 = 60, 60 / 3 = 20 points each.

The top female player (who is also the top U2000 player) placed outright 4th, therefore places outright 1st in the Women’s division scoring the full 25 poitns.  In a similar way to the U1600 player, a lone female stands in the 5th-11th bracket, therefore she claims outright 2nd in the Women’s division scoring the full 20 points.

Taking all into account, the places above translate into the following points.

Class 4 Tournament Points Awarded
Name Rating Gender Junior Open U2000 U1600 Junior Womens
1 Bob 2397 male No 25.00
2 Harry 2523 male No 20.00
3 Tom 2425 male No 15.00
4 Mary 1898 Female No 10.00 25.00 25.00
5 Charles 2190 male Yes 2.29 20.00
6 Victor male No 2.29
7 Chris 2270 male Yes 2.29 20.00
8 Martin 1961 male Yes 2.29 17.50 20.00
9 Geoff 1562 male No 2.29 17.50 20.00
10 Jane 2115 Female No 2.29 20.00
11 Tim 2009 male No 2.29

This process is continued until all possible points are awarded in all divisions.

Q. Who is eligible for the Junior prize?

A. Anyone who is under the age of 18 as of one minute past midnight on the morning of January 1 of the year of the Grand Prix is eligible for Junior Grand Prix points – even if they turn 18 during that year.

Q. Can I be awarded Grand Prix points in more than one category?

A. Yes, you can be awarded points is as many categories as you are eligible.

Q. Can I win more than one Grand Prix category?

A. No, if you place in more than one ACF Grand Prix category you will be awarded the most prestigious of the prizes you have qualified for.

Q. Who is eligible for U1600 points?

A. All players who are rated below 1600 on the ACF master list released in the December preceding the ACF GP are eligible for U1600 Grand Prix Points. Unrated players and players rated above 1600 are not eligible for U1600 points.

Q. My rating was below 1600 on the December master list but is now above 1600 and I cannot enter U1600 divisions in tournaments, am I still awarded U1600 points?

A. You are still eligible for U1600 points from U1600 and Open events.

  • If you enter an Open event you are eligible for Open, U2000 and U1600 points.
  • If you enter an U2000 event you are only eligible for U2000 Grand Prix points.
  • If you rating falls below 1600 and you enter U1600 event you will be eligible for U1600 Grand Prix points.
Q. My rating was above 1600 on the December master list but is now below 1600 am I eligible for U1600 Grand Prix points?

A. No.

Q. Who is eligible for the U2000 points?

A. All players who are rated below 2000 on the ACF master list released in the December preceding the ACF GP are eligible for U2000 Grand Prix Points. Unrated players and players rated above 2000 are not eligible for U2000 points.

Q. My rating was below 2000 on the December master list but is now above 2000 and I cannot enter U2000 divisions in tournaments, am I still awarded U2000 points?

A. You are still eligible for U2000 points from U2000 and Open events.

  • If you enter an Open event you are eligible for Open, and U2000 points.
  • If you rating falls below 2000 and you enter U2000 event you will be eligible for U2000 Grand Prix points.
Q. My rating was above 2000 on the December master list but is now below 2000 am I eligible for U2000 Grand Prix points?

A. No.

FAQs from Organisers

Q. Can I change my prize pool and therefore division after I’ve registered my event?

A. Yes, prize pools and divisions can be changed after registration. However, before any changes can be advertised tournament organisers must contact the ACF Grand Prix Director to discuss the issue further.

Q. It’s getting to the cut-off date for registration but I don’t know what my prize pool will be because the prize pool is dependent on entries, what can I do?

A. This is a common issue for smaller weekenders.  It is generally best to register the event as a Class 1, and then contact the GP Director to make him aware of possible changes.  The tournament can always be changed to a different class after registration (as noted above).

Q. Can I register a tournament that isn’t a weekender?

A. As of January 2016 no tournament (with the exception of the Australian Championship and the Australian Open) will be registered in the Grand Prix if it exceeds 7 days in duration.  This means club based tournaments that may go for many weeks are not able to be registered. This does not preclude “weekender style” tournaments that run during the week from being registered.

 

If your question is not answered above please don’t hesitate to contact the ACF Grand Prix Director using the “Contact Us” facility (attention your message to the ACF GP Director).