The votes all in and counted, I was delighted to announce the winners of the British Backgammon Awards at the UK Open at Coombe Abbey at the weekend, and hand out a bagful of framed certificates…
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.
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The UKBGF is delighted to announce the launch of a new UK-based backgammon proficiency centre, Backgammon Workshop (BGWS) whose website has just gone live.
Launched today, Backgammon Workshop, or BGWS, is a tuition service which has been created by two top UK professional players and teachers, Julian Fetterlein and Sebastian Wilkinson; soon to be joined by Gaz Owen. In addition to numerous tournament successes of their own, these three instructors have individually helped many others to attain higher levels of backgammon understanding and achievement. Now they are pooling their resources to create a new force in British Backgammon, with the backing of the UKBGF as well as Geoffrey Parker Games (click here to visit their website), who are generously providing boards for both training purposes and prizes.
Nominations are now open for the British Backgammon Awards 2017
The UK Open is not far away now, and once again we are looking for the select few who have gone that extra mile for the backgammon world in the last year – well, strictly the time since the Awards were last held at the UK Open in May 2016. And we are looking to you, our members, to tell us who you think they are! Obviously we have featured some high-profile tournament winners and the international teams on the website before, but just as important for the health of the game are the tournament directors, the club organisers, the numerous helpers behind the scenes, and the players who may never even have won a trophy but whose presence makes an evening session a highly enjoyable experience.
Tony Lezard, creator and administrator of the national ratings service at https://results.ukbgf.com, explains what the ratings formula means and why the bar for changing the formula should be set very high indeed.
I sometimes receive suggestions for how the formula used for the national ratings service could be improved. It’s hard to argue that the current formula is unimprovable, but hastily changing it causes its own problems, even if the rationale for making a change is sound. Let’s examine this more closely.