It’s been five months in the making and 330 matches long, but the 2018 Online Championship has finally reached the end…
Archives for September 2018
We returned to the historic setting of Coombe Abbey for another intense weekend of backgammon, and it was certainly a memorable time – helped along by some glorious weather allowing plenty of al-fresco games in the extensive gardens…
Those of you who were at Coombe Abbey on Sunday morning for the presentations will already know who our winners are – we’re delighted to re-announce them to the world! Many thanks to Simonetta Herrera for the pictures.
British Player of the Year: Jon Barnes
Certainly a category with a lot of strong contenders. Jon started the year with the World Doubles Championship in Monte Carlo with Eric McAlpine, and being part of the victorious St Albans A team. A year ago another doubles title came at the UK Open 2017 with Anna Clarke, then runner up at Brighton BIBA, and two UK Tour wins at West Yorkshire and Blackpool. He has continued his incredible form at Cambridge (quarter-finals) and Liverpool (semi-finals) respectively – and having got the award, a strong run in the UK Open 2018 Consolation followed.
Overseas Player of the Year: Akiko Yazawa
Nominations are now open for elections to the Board of the UK Backgammon Federation for the two year term 2019-20. If you wish to stand in this election, please send an email indicating so to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a photograph of yourself taken within the last 2 years, and a statement (maximum of 250 words) in support of your candidacy, before 23.59 on 28th September 2018. Nominations received after that time will not be accepted. You can find examples of past statements here.
To be eligible to stand for the Board, you must be a member of the UKBGF as of today (7/9/2018).
The timetable for the election is:
- 28th Sept, 23.59: nominations close. Candidates and statements will be announced as soon as possible afterwards.
- 12th Oct: Voting begins. Instructions will be sent out to all members about how to vote.
- 26th Oct, 23.59: Voting closes.
- 28th Oct: Results announced.
The current Board will then arrange one or more handover meetings with the new Board, so that they are ready to take over at the start of 2019. We are very grateful to Volker Sonnabend, who has kindly offered to act as an independent scrutineer.
Meetings: While the current Board meets in London, the new Board will choose a location suitable for themselves, potentially using Skype or similar services to allow members to join in remotely. We want to encourage people from across the country to stand and will be as accommodating as possible to anyone for whom physical distance is a problem.