It takes both skill and a bit of good fortune to win a tournament. The UKBGF Tour 2018 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:
23rd-25th March, at Clayton Village Hall, Clayton, nr. Bradford
Tournament Directors: Steve Lee, Tim Cross
21st-22nd April, at the Royal British Legion, West Jesmond, Newcastle
Tournament directors: Keith Gill, Paul Gilbertson
5th-6th May, at Greenwood Park Community Centre, St Albans
Tournament Director: Chris Purchase
4. London Open
25th-27th May, at Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead, NW11
Tournament Directors: Simon Morecroft, Julia Hayward
8th-10th June, at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool
Tournament Directors: John Wright, Kevin Jones
7th-8th July, at the University Centre, Cambridge
Tournament Directors: Peter Booth, Julia Hayward
21st-22nd July, at Leo Casino, Liverpool
Tournament Director: Simon Jones
8. UK Open
31st August – 2nd September, at Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire
Tournament Directors: Peter Bennet, Raj Jansari
22nd-23rd September, at The Discovery Centre, Winchester
Tournament Directors: Julia Hayward, Anna Clarke
10. Bristol Open
26th-28th October, at Rainbow Casino, Bristol
Tournament Directors: Tim Line, Ian Tarr
11. Manchester Open
16th-18th November, at Grosvenor Casino, Didsbury
Tournament Directors: Gregge Madan
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.
The Tour Champion will be able to hold the UKBGF Tour Trophy for a year (and get bragging rights, of course!). The top three finishers will also receive a personalised memento.
All tournaments on the tour are played to UKBGF 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 some events on the tour; where fees are uniform there will instead be a side event or extra bonus prize for UKBGF members, so there’s a little extra for you all everywhere.
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.