Date: 31 August – 2 September 2018
Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire CV3 2AB
Tournament Directors: Peter Bennet and Raj Jansari, with Mark Calderbank (Advanced Flight)
Follow the links below for more details.
Guest of Honour
Meet the 2014 – and now also the 2018! – 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 at Coombe Abbey has now sold out, so please visit the Venue and Hotel page for other suggested hotels in the vicinity. If you have to cancel your room booking please let us know first. Similarly if you would like to go on a waiting list for a room, or you are interested in sharing, please contact us.
PLEASE NOTE: London Euston Station will be closed on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. See the Venue and Hotel page for more 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.
UPDATE 5TH JULY 2018: The Advanced flight will be a qualifying Swiss on day 1, followed by Main and Consolation knockouts on day 2 (not a pure Swiss format as originally advertised).
Satellites and 1-pointers will begin the event on the afternoon of Friday 31st August, including the Paul Gilbertson Memorial Freeroll, generously sponsored by Bone Club, 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 are expected to finish by early evening on Sunday, 2nd September. Before play resumes on Sunday morning Julian Fetterlein will present his new seminar entitled “The Three State Solution” which promises to be fun, entertaining and educational, and this is followed by presentations of the British Backgammon Awards.
See the Format and Schedule page for more details.
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.
IMPORTANT – Masters and Advanced players must be present at the venue with all registration and entry fees paid by 10am on Saturday 1st September 2018, whether or not they have pre-registered. In the event that we reach full capacity, our acceptance of your pre-registration by email guarantees your place PROVIDING that you pay all fees by this deadline.
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
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
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.