It’s widely known that being in possession of the cube is an advantage. But just how much is that advantage worth? Is it enough to get an edge over the No. 1 Backgammon Giant in the world? And if you knew you had it to yourself from the start, would it change your strategy?
We are delighted to announce that you can now enter the 2015 UK Clubs Championship. This unique one-day event pits teams of five players against each other in groups, similar to the World Cup, with the top teams in each group qualifying for the main knockout phase, and all other teams in a consolation knockout – guaranteeing at least four games for everyone. There are cash prizes for the winners and runners-up in both flights plus the Tutchings Trophy – named after Phil Tutchings, who was instrumental in creating and running the event in past years.
We are hoping to get teams from across the UK taking part – we will accept your club’s B and even C teams if space permits, but there is a strict limit of sixteen teams and preference will be given to different clubs. Don’t delay if you want to enter! Full details are available from the event page.
Pictured above are holders Bristol A, who won the 2013 final against 2011 champions St Albans A.
The 2015 calendar is already building up a pretty comprehensive selection of tournaments, and we are now delighted to announce that the Blackpool Imperial Cup will also feature as the first Qualifier tournament for the UK Open 2015.
For just £10 entry fee, the Qualifier offers this package for the winner:
- Registration and entry into the Masters Silver flight at the UK Open (worth at least £175)
- plus £50 cash
- plus an official UKBGF polo shirt
The runner-up will also find themselves off to the Ricoh in September with:
- Registration and entry into the Masters Bronze flight at the UK Open (worth at least £100)
To mark the start of UKBGF formally having members, a special auction was held at the recent Scope charity tournament – and the prime lot was the honour of being our first ever member. We are delighted to report that James Ramsey won the auction with a fantastic bid of £1700, becoming Member No. 1 and being granted lifetime membership – as well as helping a very deserving cause.
Having observed the relative sparseness of backgammon clubs in some parts of the country in an earlier post, I’m delighted to pass on the news that Cornwall now has its own. Launceston Backgammon Club launches on Thursday 16th April at “Firebrand” in the town centre, and plans to meet every two weeks after that.
Organiser Paul Shaw is keeping a blog about the club here and you can find up-to-the-minute news from the club on Twitter at @lansongammon. Please do support the club as they get started, and we wish our youngest organisation every success – we hope we’ll even see some members at the UK Open!