Welcome to the website of the United Kingdom Backgammon Federation (UKBGF).
February 2019 – Nominate a friend for free UKBGF membership – see the Free Membership Offer!
Backgammon is one of the world’s truly great board games. It has been played for over 3,000 years – a testament to its enduring fascination. Hundreds of people play live games regularly in the UK and thousands play regularly online.
The UK Backgammon Federation has over 300 members. Learn more about the UKBGF on our About page and keep up with our latest news by regularly visiting our Blog and our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.
If you are new to backgammon you can learn how to play here on the BackgammonGalore website. If you are familiar with the game, but are hesitant about visiting a club or entering a tournament, see our Newcomer’s Guides in the Resources section. The main Resources page also has a link to the current version of the UKBGF Tournament Rules, as well as many other useful links. If you want to become a good player very fast, get in touch with Backgammon Workshop who will provide tuition tailored to your requirements…with a 10% UKBGF member discount! See the BGWS launch Blog post and our Resources page for details.
There are lots of backgammon clubs throughout the UK where you can play live. A comprehensive list of clubs throughout the UK, as well as some in the Republic of Ireland, can be found on our Clubs page.
There are also lots of tournaments that you can enter both in the UK and abroad. Several of these include separate divisions for ‘Intermediates’ and some also have beginners or ‘Social Swiss’ competitions. The UKBGF oversees the annual UK Open and the UK Clubs Championship and also coordinates the UKBGF Tour, comprising about a dozen tournaments around the UK. When there is live online streaming of matches these can be found on the UKBGF twitchtv channel. Or to see recordings from previous tournaments go to the UKBGF YouTube channel. To find out more about individual tournaments go to Events. To get a flavour of some recent backgammon tournaments, take a look at the photo albums in the UKBGF Flickr account.
Backgammon is a friendly and social game. If you are new to the scene you will find a very warm welcome at any UK club night or tournament. You don’t have to be a UKBGF member to play in a UKBGF-affiliated club, but please consider joining to support our efforts to publicise and grow the game.
Click here for details of UKBGF membership benefits, fees and how to join. Please note that UKBGF membership is completely free for all full time students of any age and for all players under the age of 21.
We hope you enjoy the UKBGF website – if you wish to get in touch please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org