All UK Clubs Championship team members please note: you must be a current UKBGF member to avoid the additional £10 registration fee (see ‘Entry Fees‘ below). Most UKCC players are already members, but for those who have not yet joined or renewed, the deadline to qualify for the lower registration fee has been extended by a few days: until midnight on Sunday 4th August. Click here to join or renew online now. If in doubt about whether your membership is still current, first check the ratings where members’ names are in bold (enter your name in the Filter box). If your name is not in bold and you think that you are a member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
This year the Clubs Championship moves to Derwent College, University of York (see below for information about the venue). For information about the Individual Event the day before, see here.
Date: Sunday 11th August 2019, starting at 11am prompt, finishing by mid-evening
Tournament Director: Keith Gill
You can find past winners here.
The 2019 Clubs Championship will be preceded by an individual event on Saturday 10th August 2019. We have secured an allocation of very reasonably-priced accommodation for players on the college campus. Details of the individual tournament will follow shortly and instructions for booking accommodation are shown below.
Please note that pets are not allowed anywhere on the campus.
Teams of five players, up to a maximum of 24. 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 21st April 2019 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. Registration for third teams opened on 18th May and all 24 places have now been filled (barring cancellations).
The following teams have registered:
- NEBA “A”
- NEBA “B”
- Worcester Royals
- Worcester Warriors
- Worcester Sorcerers
- Ealing “A”
- Ealing “B”
- St Annes
- North West League
- Liverpool Movers
- Liverpool Shakers
- St Albans “A”
- St Albans “B”
- West Yorkshire
- Backgammon South Ayrshire
All payments need to be made by end of Saturday 15th June, 2019.
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).
All 24 places have now been filled but you may join a waiting list in case of any cancellations by emailing email@example.com. For updates on the UK Clubs Championship, join the tournament Facebook Event.
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 #1s 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 up to six groups of four teams, playing five-point matches. The top teams and highest scoring runners-up from each round robin progress to the main knockout phase comprising eight teams; all other teams progress to a consolation knockout.
The cost is £150 per team (£100 entry, £50 registration), where the entry fees will be returned 100% as prize money. 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 by midnight on 4th August 2019 (deadline extended from July 31st).
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.
There is ample free parking space on the campus.
We have secured an allocation of rooms for the night of Saturday 10th August on the York University campus at £44 per person including breakfast, plus a small number of rooms for the nights of Friday 9th and Sunday 11th August at the same rate. These rooms are available for players who are entering either the individual event on Saturday or the team event on Sunday, or both. To check current availability and to book, use this Speedy Booker link. To access rooms at the allocation rate YOU MUST FIRST ENTER THE PROMOTION CODE: BACKGAM2019 AND THEN select the number of persons and the desired arrival and departure dates. If you require Friday and/or Sunday night as well as Saturday and there is no longer any availability, please email Martin Barkwill via firstname.lastname@example.org as it may be possible to increase our allocation for these nights.
Getting to the venue
The address – Derwent College, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD