If you are a ‘lapsed’ player, why not visit your nearest club and rekindle your interest!
Backgammon is one of the world’s truly great board games. Versions of the game have been played for about 5,000 years – a testament to its enduring fascination. Hundreds of people play live games regularly in the UK and thousands play regularly online.
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.
There are many tournaments throughout the year which you can enter, both in the UK and abroad. Many of these include both ‘Masters’ and ‘Intermediate’ flights, and some also have separate competitions for beginners and inexperienced or ‘social’ players. 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. Live streaming of matches from some of these tournaments can be found on the UKBGF twitchtv channel, or to see recordings from previous tournaments go to the UKBGF YouTube channel. A selection of photos from these and other tournaments can be found 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 one of the 400+ UKBGF members 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.