This year the Clubs Championship moves to the Barbourne Ex-Services Club, Worcester (see below for information about the venue).
Date: Sunday August 12th 2018, starting at 11am, finishing by mid-evening
Tournament Director: Sean Jones
You can find past winners here.
Teams of five players, up to a maximum of 20. Teams representing as many UK clubs and groups as possible. Teams should represent recognised clubs (including leagues and other backgammon-related groups), that are associated with specific geographic areas within the UK; participants must be current members of the relevant club.
Up to the end of May 2018 entry was restricted to A-teams to give all clubs a fair chance at getting at least one team in. B teams were then given a chance to enter and we now have a full 20 team line up:
- Manchester (Paid)
- North West League (Paid)
- Clapton (Paid)
- Amersham (Paid)
- Birmingham (Paid)
- Worcester (Paid)
- Cambridge (Paid)
- St Albans (Paid)
- Liverpool (Paid)
- NEBA (Paid)
- Ealing (Paid)
- Bristol (Paid)
- Sussex (Paid)
- Lowestoft (Paid)
- Worcester B (Paid)
- Ealing B
- St Albans B
- Bristol B
- NEBA B
- Holland Park
All payments need to be made by end of Friday 15th June.
What do we need to bring?
Teams will need to bring at least three boards each, preferably five, plus as many precision dice as required (at their own risk, of course).
Registration is now open – to register your interest contact Sean Jones. For updates on the UK Clubs Championship, join the UKBGF mailing list (see right hand panel) or join the tournament Facebook Event when it appears.
Format and Schedule
Teams should represent recognised clubs or groups. At the start of the event, team members are randomly assigned numbers 1-5; then in each team match, the #1’s play against each other and so on. Each team will nominate a captain to take part in any play-offs that are necessary.
In the first phase, teams play in round robins of four or five, playing five-point matches. The top two teams from each round robin progress to the main knockout phase; all other teams progress to a consolation knockout.
How it works: for full details see here.
The cost is £150 per team (£100 entry, £50 registration), where the entry fees will be returned 100% as prize money. Registration includes a buffet lunch. Entry to be secured on full payment. There will be a further levy on non-UKBGF members @ £10 per player not a member of the UKBGF as at July 31st. It is anticipated that this will guarantee that the event does not make a loss.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the main flight winners (50% of the entry pool), main flight runners-up (20%), consolation flight winners (20%), and consolation flight runners-up (10%).
Mementoes will be awarded to the members of the main flight winners, who will also receive the Tutchings Trophy to hold for 12 months and be responsible for the trophy’s return for the following year’s competition.
A side pool or side pools will be available for individual prizes.
Getting to the venue
The address – Barbourne Ex-Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
Here’s a map link – The club on google maps
Parking – there is parking space for about 25 cars at the club itself. Just a few yards away on the same road you can find Pitchcroft Moors Car Park. This is Pay and Display parking for 322 cars – very reasonable fees (all day for £3.50).