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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London Open 2014 – Match Analysis

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Raj Jansari v Sean Casey

These are some thoughts from my second round match against Sean Casey in the recent London Open 2014 Professionals’ Tournament on 10th May 2014 at the London Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.

The match was recorded and live-streamed with commentary by Falafel and Marcus Wrinch. I obviously couldn’t hear what the commentators were saying at the time but I watched the video of the match a couple of days later (you can find it here if interested). Because of the strength of feeling of the expert comments about some of my moves I felt that I must have played terribly so undertook the game transcription into XG hoping to learn from my deemed mistakes (the match file can be found here). There were definitely quite a few mistakes and some areas in which to improve, but in fact I was quite surprised at everything I actually learned… [Read more...]