It takes both skill and a bit of good fortune to win a tournament. The UKBGF Tour is designed to identify the most consistent performers, as well as taking top-flight backgammon right around the UK. The tournaments are a mixture of one-day and two-day, single-elimination and double-elimination tournaments, supported by some of our leading clubs. Each tournament awards Tour Points to UKBGF members who take part – your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to collect as many as you can. The scoring is explained in more detail here. Our highest scorer over the course of the year will be crowned Tour Champion – and there will be trophies for the top three.
The qualifying events are:
In association with BIBA
13th-15th January 2017, at The Holiday Inn, Brighton
Tournament Director: Michael Crane
21st-23rd April, at Clayton Village Hall, Clayton, nr. Bradford
Tournament Directors: Steve Lee, Tim Cross
29th-30th April, at Greenwood Park Community Centre, St Albans
Tournament Director: Chris Purchase
4. London Open
26th-28th May, at Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead, NW11
Tournament Directors: Simon Morecroft, Julia Hayward
9th-11th June, at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool
Tournament Directors: John Wright, Kevin Jones
15th-16th July, at Leo Casino, Liverpool
Tournament Director: Simon Jones
7. UK Open
1st-3rd September, at Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire
Tournament Directors: Peter Bennet, Raj Jansari
23rd-24th September, at The Discovery Centre, Winchester
Tournament Directors: Julia Hayward, Anna Clarke
21st-22nd October, at the Royal British Legion, West Jesmond, Newcastle
Tournament directors: Keith Gill, Paul Gilbertson
10. Bristol Open
27th-29th October, at Rainbow Casino, Bristol
Tournament Directors: Tim Line, Ian Tarr
11. Manchester Open
10th-12th November, at Grosvenor Casino, Didsbury
Tournament Directors: TBA
28th December, at Barbourne Ex-Services Club, Worcester
Tournament Director: Sean Jones
Note that some tournaments have fixed entry limits, so do book early. If any are fully booked, prospective players will have to join a waiting list and await cancellations.
All tournaments on the tour are played to UKBGF rules, with the exception of the Bright’n’Breezy which is played to BIBA rules.
You’ll need to register with each event individually. Registration and entry fees are determined by the Tournament Director at each event. There are reduced fees for UKBGF members at all events on the tour except for Brighton and Blackpool (which have both been taking registrations for some time at previously published rates).
All UKBGF members are eligible to take part in the Tour, and you need do nothing to be included – we will collect up the results and publish Tour standings. If you join the UKBGF part-way through the year, then you can still take part for the rest of the Tour, but Tour Points from events that started before you joined are not awarded retrospectively so to maximise your chances, join early! Also, tournament registration desks are very busy and we cannot guarantee to be able to process memberships on the day. To avoid disappointment you are strongly advised to join online before the day of the tournament.
All match results will count towards the UKBGF UK Ratings.