Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (Japan) and Phil Simborg (US) have been running camps and lessons and programs for schoolchildren and students in their own countries for a number of years, and decided that there is no reason why the rest of the world can’t do the same. So they have created the International Collegiate Backgammon Championships to provide a place where students under the age of 26 can compete for scholarships and prizes.
Through the generosity of many in the backgammon community, over $10,000 in scholarship funds and dozens of prizes including books, software, lessons and backgammon supplies have been donated to support the program.
Safe Harbor Games and BackgammonAce have donated the use of their sites and apps to host tournaments. By the summer of 2018 they will run special qualifying events to get to 2 finalists which will be invited to play a live, final match at a major tournament. All expenses will be paid and there will be major prizes awarded.
In addition to the online tournaments, Mochy and Phil and other invited guest teachers will provide personal and group lessons and videos for the students.
Every major backgammon federation has pledged to cooperate and participate, including the UKBGF, and it hoped that this will be an on-going programme sponsored and supported and run by the federations. Eventually we hope to have competitions between countries or even individual schools.
You can find out more and register here – or watch the introductory video:
New membership rates for young people and students
In order to encourage more young people into getting involved with the game at higher levels, we’re extending our categories that enjoy free Basic membership:
- Junior membership is now extended to include 18-20 year-olds
- Student membership is now available to 21-25 year-olds in full time education
Premium membership is still available at half the normal adult rate for both groups. We would encourage everyone who qualifies to sign up and enjoy the benefits of membership!