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!
50 + D*85/(T+6)
To anyone who takes the game seriously and is of a certain age (like me) this formula will be etched in their memory. For the uninitiated, the “Janowski formula” enables one to calculate to a good approximation the probability of winning a match from any given score. This formula helps one to recreate a match equity table (MET) which can then be used to work out doubling and take points. I came across it for the first time in Kit Woolsey’s How to play Tournament Backgammon. I must have applied this formula OTB (over the board) more times than I have had hot dinners during my formative BG years living in Hong Kong, but I never knew who Rick Janowski was.