We returned to the historic setting of Coombe Abbey for another intense weekend of backgammon, and it was certainly a memorable time – helped along by some glorious weather allowing plenty of al-fresco games in the extensive gardens…
Those of you who were at Coombe Abbey on Sunday morning for the presentations will already know who our winners are – we’re delighted to re-announce them to the world! Many thanks to Simonetta Herrera for the pictures.
British Player of the Year: Jon Barnes
Certainly a category with a lot of strong contenders. Jon started the year with the World Doubles Championship in Monte Carlo with Eric McAlpine, and being part of the victorious St Albans A team. A year ago another doubles title came at the UK Open 2017 with Anna Clarke, then runner up at Brighton BIBA, and two UK Tour wins at West Yorkshire and Blackpool. He has continued his incredible form at Cambridge (quarter-finals) and Liverpool (semi-finals) respectively – and having got the award, a strong run in the UK Open 2018 Consolation followed.
Overseas Player of the Year: Akiko Yazawa
Nominations are now open for elections to the Board of the UK Backgammon Federation for the two year term 2019-20. If you wish to stand in this election, please send an email indicating so to email@example.com, along with a photograph of yourself taken within the last 2 years, and a statement (maximum of 250 words) in support of your candidacy, before 23.59 on 28th September 2018. Nominations received after that time will not be accepted. You can find examples of past statements here.
To be eligible to stand for the Board, you must be a member of the UKBGF as of today (7/9/2018).
The timetable for the election is:
- 28th Sept, 23.59: nominations close. Candidates and statements will be announced as soon as possible afterwards.
- 12th Oct: Voting begins. Instructions will be sent out to all members about how to vote.
- 26th Oct, 23.59: Voting closes.
- 28th Oct: Results announced.
The current Board will then arrange one or more handover meetings with the new Board, so that they are ready to take over at the start of 2019. We are very grateful to Volker Sonnabend, who has kindly offered to act as an independent scrutineer.
Meetings: While the current Board meets in London, the new Board will choose a location suitable for themselves, potentially using Skype or similar services to allow members to join in remotely. We want to encourage people from across the country to stand and will be as accommodating as possible to anyone for whom physical distance is a problem.
Laurence May writes…
At the start of 2015 I won an auction at my daughter’s school to play a 17pt backgammon match against Dicky Biddle and then to have my game analysed. Playing on the large board, learning the arcane etiquette and watching someone take the game seriously was exciting, and then, as Dicky tore my game to pieces, I knew I was hooked.
My obsessions don’t tend to last long; chess, piano, karate, guitar, poker have all come and gone but if anything, backgammon is slowly building. I used to play a lot of other board games but they all pale in comparison – backgammon distils strategy and luck into a fast paced game with simple rules and the chance to win right up to the final roll. Why play anything else?
Twenty teams of five descended on Worcester last weekend to fight it out for the title of Champion Club – and for the first time in its seven year history, the Tutchings Trophy headed north of the Watford Gap as the North West League team of Brian Lever, Rachel Rhodes, Mark Calderbank, John Wright and Jonathan Wilkinson defeated a lot of tough opposition to claim the title.