This year the Clubs Championship moves to the Priory Centre, St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
Date: Saturday August 12th 2017, starting at 11am, finishing by mid-evening
Tournament Director: Julia Hayward
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 May 1st 2017 entry will be restricted to A-teams to give all clubs a fair chance at getting at least one team in; after that point larger clubs may enter multiple teams if space permits.
Confirmed entries so far:
- Worcester Warriors
- Worcester Royals
- London Hippodrome
- St Albans A
- St Albans B
- St Albans C
- Worcester Sorcerers
- North West League
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates on the UK Clubs Championship, join the UKBGF mailing list (see right hand panel) or 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 #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 £140 per team (£100 entry, £40 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 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.