I think most players would agree that the 2016 Gibraltar tournament was a resounding success. Steen Grønbech and his hard-working team, in close collaboration with both Franco Ostuni, General Manager of the Caleta Hotel, and the Gibraltar Government, must be congratulated for an amazing job. Government backing for the tournament was further demonstrated by the fact that the Education Minister Gilbert Licudi participated in the Intermediate Flight, and both he and the Minister for Sport, Steven Linares, attended the Prize-giving dinner. That the organisers were able to attract over 200 players to this first event shows that they are getting plenty of things right. One such attraction was the addition of £22,000 (yes, Gibraltar does use the good old British pound sterling!) spread over all events and Flights. As a result the Championship prize pool alone was close to £80,000.
Archives for February 2016
This week most of our attention has been focussed on Gibraltar – and I must confess to spending too much time scouring Facebook for updates on our top players and how many might be getting through each round, when I should be writing posts for you! It’s easy to write headline-grabbing things about the best players in the country bringing home prizes. But the UKBGF’s mandate to grow the game spreads to all levels of the game. And today I’m putting out another appeal!
Congratulations from the UK team and UKBGF Board go to Norway, the European Online Champions 2015 (which strangely concluded in 2016).
The UK team of Gaz Owen, Jon Barnes, Sebastian Wilkinson, Chris Rogers and Charles Hill put on a superb show to finish third out of nineteen. This doesn’t tell the whole story as for one dizzy moment, as the tournament neared its conclusion, we led the field.
Last year over 120 people came to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry to take part in the 2015 UK Open. We’re delighted to announce that pre-registration for the 2016 UK Open is now open – you can sign up now to join in what promises to be another great weekend of backgammon. The Legends Lounge at the Ricoh Arena has a capacity of 150; don’t leave it to the last minute to register, and if you plan to stay at the Ricoh itself book your accommodation as soon as possible as our quota of rooms is strictly limited!