UKBGF STEPS IN TO RESCUE THE BACKGAMMON LONDON OPEN 8-10 MAY 2015
Dear Backgammon Player,
The UKBGF has not been involved in any way with the Backgammon London Open 2015 apart from promoting it on our website at the organiser’s request as we would be happy to promote any other significant British backgammon event.
The news that it might be cancelled was received with dismay by the UKBGF at the same time and in the same manner that it was received by the rest of the backgammon world.
The recent history of the London Open is that two years ago Sean Williams took it over from Mike Main. He grew the tournament from 32 players to one that last year boasted 160 players from around the world, was hosted at the prestigious and central location of the Hippodrome Casino, had a prize fund in excess of £40,000 and produced some of the best live backgammon television footage ever produced.
Due to other commitments this year (including being on the board of directors of the UKBGF) Sean reluctantly stepped away from the London Open and Graham Read took it over. For reasons that are not as yet fully ascertained, this has not worked out as any of us would have hoped.
Despite being in no way responsible for the cancellation, the UKBGF does believe that it has a general responsibility to British backgammon and has taken the decision to take over and underwrite the Backgammon London Open 2015 and therefore the event will go ahead as originally planned but under the entirely new management of the UKBGF (Sean Williams, Peter Bennet, Raj Jansari, Ian Tarr, Simon Morecroft, Jon Barnes and Eric McAlpine).