The 2014 UK Backgammon Open

2014 UK Open in the Ricoh Legends Lounge

2014 UK Open in the Ricoh Legends Lounge

Over 140 players attended the UK Open at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry over the weekend of 19-21st September. The tournament was ably directed by John Wright and Phil Tutchings, with assistance from Ian Tarr. The consensus of the majority of players was that the event was a great success, and the question I was asked most frequently was “When’s the next one?”
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Backgammon Proficiency Test & International Team Challenge at UK Open

Mochy conducting Backgammon Proficiency Exam

We are delighted to confirm that #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki will be presenting his Backgammon Proficiency Test starting at 6pm on Friday 19th September – the first day of the UK Open Championship, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. This test will follow the UK v Japan Team Challenge, in which our home team of Lawrence Powell, Julian Fetterlein and Raj Jansari will do battle against the Japanese Giants: Akiko Yazawa (current World Backgammon Champion), Michy (World #2) and Mochy himself. The full weekend schedule for the UK Open can be found here.
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World Champion Akiko Yazawa to attend the 2014 UK Open

World Champion Akiko Yazawa

World Champion Akiko Yazawa

And not only the World Champion, but also the top two World Backgammon Giants, Mochy (L) and Michy (R).

Masayuki Mochizuki

Masayuki Mochizuki

Michihito Kageyama

Michihito Kageyama

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are immensely proud to announce that not only will the amazing Akiko Yazawa (current World Backgammon Champion) be playing in the 2014 UK Open, but also the top two Backgammon Giants, Masayuki Mochizuki (“Mochy”) and Michihito Kageyama (“Michy”) as well! Japanese Backgammon Giants seem to have something in common with London buses. You wait patiently for one to confirm his attendance at the UK Open, and then suddenly three decide to come all at once!
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UK Open Format Announced

Format announced - if it’s good enough for the Nordic....

UK Open Format – if it’s good enough for the Nordic….

Last Qualifier with TWO SEAT giveaway!

Stop Press: more rooms now available at the DeVere Hotel….

The 2014 UK Open next month will follow the double-elimination format of the Nordic Open. Eight quarter-finalists will emerge by the close of play on the Saturday: four from the ‘Undefeated’ bracket and four from the ‘Fighters’ bracket. Match lengths and other details are now shown on the Format and Schedule page. Meanwhile in just one week’s time, on Saturday 23rd August, the last in the series of Grosvenor qualifiers at the G Casino in Newcastle will be giving away TWO SEATS for the Championship flight. To enter this Qualifier, register with the casino by email.
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New UKBGF Tournament Rules Adopted

The UKBGF rules

Update 6th September 2014: Version 1.2 of the UKBGF rules is now available for download here. An annotated version showing the changes is also available.

Original Post: The UKBGF is now publishing a set of rules (download here – Version 1.1) to be used at the 2014 UK Open next month as well as at future UKBGF-sanctioned tournaments. These are based on the current Danish Backgammon Federation (DBgF) Tournament Rules, but with many amendments and a few additions. This document is the result of many drafts and much time spent by Raj Jansari and other UKBGF committee members. It is of course a living document, and we are open to sensible suggestions for improvement.
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