Date: 31 August – 2 September 2018
Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire CV3 2AB
Tournament Directors: Peter Bennet and Raj Jansari
Follow the links below for more details.
Guest of Honour
Meet the 2014 World Champion Akiko Yazawa at this year’s UK Open! Details on the blog.
Venue and Hotel
Following the success of the fourth UK Open at Coombe Abbey in September 2017, we are returning to this stunning venue this year. Situated approximately six miles east of Coventry city centre, Coombe Abbey was originally a Cistercian abbey dating back to the 12th century and is set in 500 acres of parkland.
Our allocation of rooms is limited, so please visit the Venue and Hotel page for booking details.
Format and Schedule
The Masters flight will revert this year to a traditional format of Main with progressive Consolation, followed by a Last Chance (called the ‘Abbey Cup’) on Sunday. The Advanced flight will be a pure Swiss with 11-point matches throughout over the two days, to ensure plenty of play for all players. Satellites will begin the event on the afternoon of Friday 31st August, followed by the UKBGF Annual General Meeting at 5pm.
A private dinner for 12 UKBGF members with Akiko as Guest of Honour will commence at 6.15pm on Friday, followed by the Warm Up and Super Jackpot at 8.15pm. The main tournaments will start on Saturday morning and finish by Sunday evening, 2nd September. See the provisional format and schedule.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register stating whether you wish to enter the Masters or Advanced flight. See the Registration page for more information, including eligibility to play in a particular flight. Masters players: please also tell us if you want to play in the Super Jackpot, starting Friday evening, which will be limited to 32 players. In most cases no pre-payment is required, but please remember to book your hotel accommodation as we have a limited allocation of rooms.
IMPORTANT – Masters and Advanced players must be present at the venue with all fees paid by 10am on Saturday 1st September 2018 whether or not they have pre-registered.
Entry and Registration Fees
See the Entry Fees page for details of all Entry and Registration fees for both the Main and side events.
Prize Money and Added Prizes
Total return is 100% of entry fees. The 2018 UK Open is sponsored by Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd, who will be donating added prizes. For full details click here.
See the 2018 Attendees page for regularly updated lists of pre-registered players for all the flights.
Online Brackets and Match Streaming
Once again we will be streaming selected matches via our dedicated UKBGF channel
Previous UK OPEN Tournaments
Total Prize Money at the 2017 UK Open was approximately £25,000
Read the report on the 2017 UK Open – the first one held at Coombe Abbey – on the blog.
MASTERS (88) 1 – Steve Bibby, 2 – Yan Kit Chan, 3 – James Newman, 4 – Simon Barget
ADVANCED (52) 1 – Cristian Cozos, 2 – Darren Woodcock, 3 –Adam Sinclair, 4 – Garry Jones
SUPER JACKPOT (18) 1 – Lawrence Powell, 2 – Mark Manley
WARM UP (63) 1 – Peter Christmas, 2 – John Horton
SOCIAL SWISS SATURDAY (10) 1 – Luke Owen, 2 – Joanna Foster
SOCIAL SWISS SUNDAY (8) 1 – Alain Peterisor, 2 – Radu Adrian
CONSULTATION DOUBLES (24 teams) 1 – Jon Barnes and Anna Clarke, 2 – Len Brown and David Dennis
SPEEDGAMMON (64) 1 – Costin Constantinescu, 2 – Ciortan Radu
ABBEY CUP MASTERS (73) 1 – Eric McAlpine, 2 – Tony Lezard
ABBEY CUP ADVANCED (41) 1 – Adam Taylor, 2 – Chris Humble
A full list of players who attended the 2017 UK Open can be found here.
The three UK Open Tournaments prior to 2017, in September 2014, September 2015 and May 2016, were held in the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE and were all sponsored by Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd. The following links may be of interest:
See the UK Open review on the blog, photos by David Startin, a list of Attendees, Challonge brackets for Warm up, Super Jackpot, Masters and Advanced and videos of streamed matches on our YouTube channel.
A report with photos and a list of winners can be found in the UK Open 2015 Round-Up on the blog. For photo albums of the 2015 UK Open and British Backgammon Awards see our Flickr account.
A report with photos and a list of winners can be found in the 2014 UK Backgammon Open report on the blog. More photos can be viewed in David Startin’s Flickr account.