Note: The UK Open will be returning to Coombe Abbey this year. Tournament details are not yet finalised but you may pre-register now, and also book your hotel room.
Date: 31 August – 2 September 2018
Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire CV3 2AB
Tournament Directors: Peter Bennet and Raj Jansari (to be confirmed)
Follow the links below for more details.
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 Venue and Hotel page for booking details.
A list of pre-registered attendees will appear shortly. All players who attended the 2017 UK Open are listed here.
Please email email@example.com to pre-register stating whether you wish to enter the Masters or Advanced 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. 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.
Format and Schedule
The format and schedules for the two main flights of the 2018 UK Open – Masters and Advanced – will be confirmed soon. Satellites will begin the event on the afternoon of Friday 31st August, with the Warm Up and Super Jackpot commencing in the evening. The main tournaments will start on Saturday morning and finish by Sunday evening, 2nd September.
Entry and Registration Fees
Details for 2018 will appear soon. Until then, the 2017 UK Open entry and registration fees can be found here
Online Brackets and Match Streaming
Once again we will be streaming selected matches via our dedicated UKBGF channel
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. Full details to follow.
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
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.