The UKBGF Clubs Championship rotated around to the south-east this year and ended up in St Neots, Cambs. It’s not an area known for backgammon – just the one UKBGF member there, and so no “home” team to challenge for the title this time, but we still had a strong turnout of 19 five-player sides (almost twenty, but for a last-minute withdrawal). And after a very long day’s play, we have new champions: St Albans ‘A’
We have finalised the UKBGF accounts for the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017 and these can now be viewed in the members’ area. UKBGF members are invited to inspect the accounts and to submit any queries they may have to the UKBGF Board in advance of the AGM. If questions about the accounts (or any other aspect of the UKBGF’s activities) are submitted by Friday 25th August we will do our best to answer them at the AGM. As previously announced by Julia Hayward in last month’s blogpost The UKBGF AGM 2017, this will be held at Coombe Abbey Hotel on Friday 1st September at 5pm (the first day of the UK Open weekend). Questions submitted after 25th August, or at the AGM itself, will be answered at a later date if we are unable to answer them on the spot.
Last year we were delighted to report on a successful year at the World Championships in Monte Carlo. We’ve heard today that 2017 has broken that record – with two titles won and three finalists so far:
Anna Clarke is Ladies World Champion 2017
After a lengthy group stage and a 32-place knockout, we’ve reached the end of this year’s Online Championship with Neil Webb convincingly winning the 15-point final against Nick Baker on GridGammon this weekend. You can find the match file in the members’ area – Neil’s strong PR of 5.85 combined with a rather over-sized helping of GG’s dice meant it was not a close match, but they all count and two trophies are now on the way to two well deserving finalists. The final stage bracket is available on Challonge and I’m sure you will agree it was a very strong field!
The Consolation final is set up between Leo Waters and David Dennis for later this month – sadly because of the slow progress at times in earlier rounds, we’ve hit holiday season. Again, both have gone through many rounds against strong opposition to get to this point; congratulations to them and many thanks to everyone who took part this year. Next year’s event will start signing up in December.
The Board are currently working on an addendum to the Rules specifically for online tournaments, dealing with the issues that don’t arise in real-life play. Scheduling games is a significant headache at times and we hope this will assist future tournaments to progress more reliably; other experiences from our first three UKBGF online tournaments have also provided useful ideas. It should be complete in time for next year’s Championship.