Note: The 5th UK Open will be held at Coombe Abbey from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September 2018. Details will appear here soon; until then these UK Open webpages relate to the 2017 UK Open.
Date: 1-3 September 2017
Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire CV3 2AB
Tournament Directors: Raj Jansari, Peter Bennet
Information about all aspects of the tournament can be found by following the links below.
Not to be missed! Two new seminars by Julian Fetterlein!
UK Backgammon Giant and Grandmaster Julian Fetterlein will present an Intermediate-level seminar at 6pm on Friday immediately after the UKBGF AGM. In addition, Julian will present a high-level seminar on Sunday morning at 9.30am entitled “Newer Ideas in Backgammon”. Both seminars are free to all tournament attendees of any category. Premium UKBGF members will in due course be able to review the video of Julian’s seminars in the Members Area of this website, where some of his previous seminars may also be found.
Venue and Hotel
After three years at the Ricoh Arena, the 2017 UK Open will be held at this stunning new venue, approximately six miles east of Coventry city centre. This historic building was originally a Cistercian abbey dating back to the 12th century and is set in 500 acres of parkland.
Update 22nd June 2017: Coombe Abbey Hotel is now completely full for the night of Saturday 2nd September. Other accommodation options are suggested on the Venue and Hotel page.
See the regularly updated list of pre-registered Attendees. Just email us to add your name – see the Registration page. However, please note that we are approaching full capacity for the venue and that entries to the ‘Advanced’ flight will be limited to 64 players.
Please pre-register now to secure your spot in the 2017 UK Open, subject to places still being available. 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. No pre-payment is required for any event, but please remember to book your hotel accommodation.
IMPORTANT – please note that, except for Beginners and Social Swiss players, registration closes at 10am on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Regardless of whether or not you have pre-registered, if you are a Masters or Advanced player you must have arrived at the venue and paid your registration fee, entry fee and any side pool money by this deadline or you will not be included in the tournament draw.
Format and Schedule
Both main flights of the 2017 UK Open – Masters and Advanced – will be full double elimination as last year. Two 1-day ‘Social Swiss’ competitions will be held for beginners and less-experienced players (one on Saturday and one on Sunday), with no doubling cube. See Format and Schedule for full details including the schedule of play for each day.
Entry and Registration Fees
Go to the Entry and Registration Fees page for costs to enter both main and side events.
Online Brackets and Match Streaming
Selected matches will be streamed via our dedicated UKBGF channel
Links to the Challonge Brackets for most events will appear here when ready:
- Warm up
- Super Jackpot
- Saturday Social Swiss
- Sunday Social Swiss
- Consultation Doubles
- Speedgammon Final 8
- Abbey Cup Masters
- Abbey Cup Advanced
Prize Money and Added Prizes
Total return is 100% of entry fees. See Prize Money, Added Prizes and Bonuses for details of added prizes generously provided by Geoffery Parker Games Ltd and by Backgammon Workshop. Win back the cost of your stay at Coombe Abbey in our Early Bird draw.
RESULTS OF THE 2017 UK OPEN AT COOMBE ABBEY
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
Previous UK OPEN Tournaments
Total Prize Money at the 2016 UK Open was approximately £25,000
All three previous UK Open Tournaments, in September 2014, September 2015 and May 2016, were held in the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE and were 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.