Backgammon clubs appear to be like London buses at the moment, with three more appearing recently. First up the North East Backgammon Association, who meet monthly on the first Monday at the County in Gosforth. With 11 members in August and new faces appearing in September, things appear to be very healthy! Next meeting: 5th October.[Read more…]
Archives for September 2015
A win from the seemingly unwinnable position in which your opponent has borne off twelve checkers and has just three checkers remaining on his two-point. You bravely maintain contact with a single checker on his one-point and deploy your other fourteen checkers where they can contain his checkers if you are able to hit one or, preferably, two of them. Winning a coup classique is especially satisfying for you and maddening for your opponent.”
Over in our collection of articles, Ray Kershaw takes a Peek at the Coup Classique – a well known position where points can be picked up if you’re prepared to brave the possibility of being backgammoned. And Jon Barnes has been rolling out an extensive set of positions for Final Contact – how accurate is your cube handling when about to break contact with your opponent’s anchor?
We’ve also updated our calendar to include the Backgammon Masters Series tournaments for 2016, which by popular demand are expanding from 16 to 24 seats, and watch this space for plenty more events next year!
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Dear Backgammon Player,
The Board of the UKBGF has established a Rules Subcommittee to be the guardians of our rules. This subcommittee will have 5 members.
This subcommittee is appointed by the board and will serve for an initial 18 month period.
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The UKBGF has a long list of objectives, but the central theme has to be “growing the game”. After all, if we can’t aspire to this, what is the point of our existence?
One of our initiatives, to which we will be giving greater prominence from now on, is the new clubs start-up scheme, where we allocate funds to aiding new – or newish – clubs with a view to giving them a boost in their formative stages.
A grant of £100 is arguably not going to change the world for a new club as it looks to become established. However it certainly can’t hurt, and it may provide a focal point as clubs seek a little direction.