On a scorching hot weekend, 120 players ranging from the UK’s #1 to complete beginners made the trek back to Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead for another successful long weekend of backgammon.
Back to its normal May slot, and in the delightful surroundings of Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, the 2017 London Open brought a fantastic group of at least 132 players out for the weekend. I say “at least” as in addition to the main Masters, Intermediate and Newcomers tournaments proper, we had a few people turn up on spec for just the side events, or an evening chouette…
The 2017 London Open, stage 4 of the UKBGF Tour, is now only a few weeks away. It will take place from 26th-28th May at Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. Entry will be strictly limited to 128 players, 64 in the Masters and 64 in the Intermediates, and the format of the main tournament will be a Saturday Swiss qualifier followed by a last 16 knock-out, guaranteeing everyone plenty of play. Places have been booking up quickly and there are less than twenty places left in each division, so if you want to take part, do sign up now, they are likely to be all gone before the day!
The venue has a large playing room which will enable everyone to be in the same space, and we have use of a café on site from which we will provide a range of food and drinks on all three days of the tournament. Tea, coffee and some cold drinks will be included in the registration fee. Our caterers will endeavour to provide for any special dietary requirements you may have, but if you want to take advantage then you will need to register before April 30th – and in any case, registering quickly means we can guarantee to cater for the right numbers.
I am delighted to announce that the 2017 London Open backgammon tournament will take place from 26th-28th May at Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. The M1 is just 10 minutes away by car, and there is free on street parking readily available in the area. So with good public transport links nearby (Golders Green station is less than 15 minutes by tube from Euston and is also a stop on the air coach links from Stansted and Luton) everyone should find it easy to get to, whatever their means of transport.
As the dust settles on the London Open for another year, and the TDs put their feet up for a well earned break, we thought it would be good to take a look at the event from the other side – the players, without whom there wouldn’t be an event at all.