Grosvenor Qualifiers Reach Halfway Stage

Keep Calm We're Halfway There

Favourites trip up in Manchester and Bristol

Seventy-four more players tried for the cheap route into the 2014 UK Open by entering the most recent qualifiers at Grosvenor Casinos in Didsbury, Manchester (March 15th) and Bristol (April 6th).

Whereas Brighton and London followed the form book, the favourites in the finals of these recent events didn’t quite make it over the finishing line. In Manchester, Brian Lever managed to pull back to DMP after going down 0-6 to Bob Slater, only to have his hopes dashed in the final game. Well done Bob!
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Re-Volting Backgammon

revolting-backgammon

With a population of seven billion, and more and more of them using computers, smartphones and even kettles and toasters with their own microchips, the world will run out of electrons in six years’ time.  That’s the worrying conclusion of Dr. Mustafa Shok of the University of San Serif in Thailand.

Fortunately the so-called “Shock Doc of Bangkok” has come up with a solution based on the science of Chirality.  Using his idea of mirror images we can reduce our need for electrons by up to 50%.  He has dubbed this process “Re-Volting” because of the electrons freed up.

Following on from his pioneering work I have applied it to the backgammon world.
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London Vic Qualifier Report

Simon Barget with his winner’s certificate

Simon Barget with his winner’s certificate

I can’t say that it all went without a hitch! However that didn’t stop 51 players making the most of a great day in the comfortable surroundings of the newly refurbished Victoria Casino in London’s Edgware Road. We had gathered here for the second of the 2014 UK Open Qualifiers on Saturday 22nd February.

Players take over the restaurant

Players take over the restaurant

Before I go any further, I will present you with several positions to ponder. These are all from one of the semi-finals, with a couple of variants included. Unlike the protagonists in the match, you will have the luxury of being able calmly to ponder these without pressure, in an atmosphere devoid of all excitement and emotional stress. All matches in the qualifier were to 7 points.
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First London Qualifier nearly filled…

The Grosvenor Vic restaurant
Register now – just ten spots left!

The London Victoria casino, or “The Vic” as it is affectionately known, is hosting two of the Grosvenor UK Open qualifiers. The first of these is this Saturday 22nd February, starting at 11.30am. Boards will be provided but please remember to bring your own precision dice!

First, just to dispel any confusion about the Vic’s location, please note that it is not near to Victoria station. The full address is 150 – 162 Edgware Road, London W2 2DT and the entrance to the casino is not in Edgware Road itself but just round the corner in Harrowby Street. The venue is marked on the following map:
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Join the UK Online Backgammon Team

Eric McAlpine, Captain

Eric McAlpine, Captain

The UKBGF has been invited to select players to represent the UK in two International Online backgammon competitions taking place this year. The UKBGF committee has nominated rising UK backgammon star Eric McAlpine as the UK Team Captain and Selector, and we are delighted that Eric has accepted this challenge.
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